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Does Norma Jean kills herself at the end of "Shiloh"?

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This is a very good question, and well done for noticing the details at the end which are definitely very strange and not explained to us. Firstly, I think the short answer to your question is that we do not know. We are not told whether Norma Jean killed herself. All we are told is that as she reaches the bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, she makes a gesture that Leroy is unable to interpret:

Norma Jean has reached the bluff, and she is looking out over the Tennessee River. Now she turns toward...

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