Shiloh Questions and Answers

Shiloh

The geographical setting of "Shiloh" is Kentucky, as we learn that the home of Leroy and Norma Jean Moffitt is located this state; they do travel to Shiloh, Tennessee as well. As for the time...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020 8:55 pm UTC

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In Bobbie Ann Mason’s story of a disintegrating marriage, the Shiloh battlefield that gives the story its name is one important symbol. Another key symbol is the house that Leroy wants to build but...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2020 6:03 pm UTC

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Norma Jean and Leroy have grown apart during their marriage, and now an inability to communicate clearly plagues them. Because of Larry's accident, he is now at home all the time, a fact that...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2008 9:41 am UTC

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Leroy Moffitt is the protagonist of the story and a dynamic character. This means that he does undergo some significant and permanent change throughout the text. Early on, he believes that his...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 3:50 am UTC

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The central conflict of "Shiloh" exists between the protagonist, Leroy Moffitt, and his wife, Norma Jean. Leroy has been in an accident that ended his career as a truck driver, and this means that...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020 7:04 pm UTC

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In the short story "Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason, Mabel Beasley is Leroy's pragmatic and often critical mother-in-law. Even though it seems as if Mabel does not approve of Leroy, she still wants to...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2012 4:47 pm UTC

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The New Yorker Magazine published "Shiloh" in 1980, and it became the title story of Bobbie Ann Mason's 1982 collection Shiloh and Other Stories. Norma Jean, wife of the lazy Leroy, is feeling...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2012 7:44 pm UTC

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One of the things that makes the ending of Bobbie Ann Mason's story "Shiloh" so arresting and memorable is its ambiguity, in that the meaning of the last sentence isn't clear and is subject to...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2020 8:12 pm UTC

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Although you've phrased your question as if you're asking an opinion, evidence in the story is strong that Mason intends for the reader to see Norma Jean as a woman who seeks her independence. She...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2010 11:09 am UTC

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A simile is a comparison of two unalike things that uses the word like or as. Early on, Leroy's truck is described as looking "like a gigantic bird that has flown home to roost." Similarly, Leroy...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020 7:31 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011 8:40 pm UTC

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In the short story "Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason, Leroy is a truck driver who got injured in an accident and can't drive anymore. Instead of being out on the road constantly, he is home full time...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2020 5:37 pm UTC

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At seeming to be about marriage, Bobbie Ann Mason’s "Shiloh" (1982) is also a story about the death of the American Dream as well as the cost of modernization. Mason uses irony and paradox to...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020 10:46 am UTC

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"Shiloh" is a short story by Bobbie Ann Mason, appearing in both The New Yorker magazine in 1980 and in her 1982 collection Shiloh and Other stories. Leroy has injured his leg and cannot drive his...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2012 7:54 pm UTC

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I think that one of the main things Norman Jean's and Leroy's relationship suggests about what is needed to keep a happy marriage is communication. In the ninth paragraph of the first section, the...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2009 6:29 am UTC

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Bobbie Ann Mason offers a snapshot of an era in which traditional gender roles were experiencing an upheaval. While none of the characters in “Shiloh” self-identify as feminist, the story explores...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2020 5:50 am UTC

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In the short story “Shiloh,” Bobbie Ann Mason explores the disintegration of a marriage as two people grow apart. She emphasizes the communications gap between the husband and wife, Leroy and Norma...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020 7:36 pm UTC

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"Shiloh" employs a third-person limited omniscient point of view. This means that the narrator is not a participant in the events that take place but that the narrator does know and report on the...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020 6:48 pm UTC

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A good thesis statement should provide a 'road map,' or an over view, of the entire essay, containing: 1) an assertion or opinion about the topic. In your case, Mason uses detail in her short...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2012 4:38 am UTC

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"Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason addresses the problem of a marriage trying to survive despite several problems. As in many marriages, the lack of communication prevents the marriage from being...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2013 6:43 pm UTC

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In "Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason, there exist more differences between Leroy and Norma Jean than similarities. However, the strongest comparison between the two is their interest in a process. For...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2018 12:45 pm UTC

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Bobbie Ann Mason's "Shiloh" is the first story in her 1982 collection Shiloh and Other Stories. Because of the "slice-of-life" nature of the story, there is no full resolution. At the end of the...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2012 7:41 pm UTC

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At the end of the book, Marty comments “…and I’m thinking how nothing is as simple as you guess-not right or wrong, not Judd Travers, not even me or this dog I got here. But the good part is I...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2007 10:29 am UTC

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“Shiloh” by Bobbie Ann Mason presents three characters who are unable to communicate. Leroy, the husband, has suffered a leg injury in his truck driving. He now does nothing except work with...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2013 8:57 pm UTC

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The first clue that Leroy and Norma Jean's marriage isn't completely healthy comes in the line toward the beginning of the story, "...he can't tell what she feels about him..." and later, "he...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2012 12:01 pm UTC

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At the end of the book, Marty comments “…and I’m thinking how nothing is as simple as you guess-not right or wrong, not Judd Travers, not even me or this dog I got here. But the good part is I...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2007 4:42 am UTC

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Shiloh is set in Western Kentucky during the early 1980s. It depicts many of the changes that rocked the region during the Reagan era, with expanding poverty, fewer economic oppurtunities, and...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2012 10:30 am UTC

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Bobbie Ann Mason’s story “Shiloh” is about the disintegration of a marriage. The story's central idea is that people’s inability to communicate in the aftermath of personal tragedy can destroy an...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2020 8:48 pm UTC

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In "Shiloh," the marriage of Leroy and Norma Jean is nearly over, but Leroy seems unaware of how far apart they have grown. Although he realizes they have a communication problem, he either does...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2020 5:34 am UTC

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Although Leroy and Norma Jean never speak about their memories of their late son, Randy, they are still haunted by him all the same. Their memories of him may have faded, but recent events have...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2020 4:59 pm UTC

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"Shiloh" is a 1980 short story by Bobbie Ann Mason about a troubled marriage. Leroy, the husband, is staying home because of an injury. His wife, Norma Jean, begins to have trouble with her...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2012 7:03 pm UTC

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To write a character analysis of Leroy Moffitt, a useful approach might be to note what he says, what others say about him and what he does. Leroy seems to be a person who is basically good at...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2020 8:08 pm UTC

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"Shiloh" is a short story by Bobbie Ann Mason, collected in her 1982 anthology Shiloh and Other Stories. Leroy, who is unable to work as a trucker because of an injury, has a vague plan to build a...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2012 7:36 pm UTC

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In “Shiloh,” Leroy is contemplating a major change in employment after an injury renders him unable to work as a long-distance truck driver. In the house where he lives with his wife, Norma Jean,...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2020 4:19 pm UTC

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Identity and its corollary, gender identity, are main themes of Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason. An accident and a child's death strip Leroy and Norma Jean of their identities and their gender roles....

Latest answer posted December 23, 2009 4:22 am UTC

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These are the very last words in the book. Marty speaks them as he's resting on the dewy grass beneath the purple sky as the darkness begins to close in. Shiloh, Marty's faithful canine companion,...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019 8:21 am UTC

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An unavoidable "civil war" is raging in Bobbie Ann Mason's "Shiloh." Norma Jean, once so pliable and easy to please, is now nothing but unhappy in her marriage to Leroy. Leroy used to drive a truck...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2020 3:55 pm UTC

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In "Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason, there are a variety of things that contribute to the breakup of Norma Jean and Leroy's marriage—his insistence on building a log cabin, her commitment to bettering...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2019 3:13 am UTC

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"Shiloh's" role reversals deliver a fresh approach to literary feminism. Leroy is a 'beatiful loser'. Not only does he fail to adjust to change, but his quixotic response to the changes in his...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010 5:04 pm UTC

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The short story "Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason is about a marriage that is in the process of falling apart. Leroy, the husband, has been working as a truck driver, but an accident has caused him to...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2020 12:43 am UTC

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The main advantage of the third-person point of view is that it allows Mason to highlight the growing sense of estrangement that Leroy feels from Norma Jean. Since his workplace accident, Leroy has...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018 10:52 am UTC

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The ideas at the center of "Shiloh" are loss, grief, and the possibility for change, and they are illustrated in the details the narrator exposes about Leroy and Norma Jean’s inner lives as well as...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2020 1:22 am UTC

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"Shiloh" is the title story from Bobbie Ann Mason's 1982 anthology Shiloh and Other Stories. The disaffected couple in "Shiloh," Norma Jean and Leroy, visit the Civil War memorial at Shiloh in an...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2012 7:09 pm UTC

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We can respond to this question about the crucial element of setting by thinking about the theme of death in this excellent short story. Let us remember that this story is permeated with examples...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2012 1:24 pm UTC

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Shiloh, a Civil War battle site where Confederate forces were thoroughly routed and a decisive turning point in the war, represents the larger forces of history that shape the world the characters...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2009 10:55 pm UTC

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This short story uses a particular point of view to present the story of Leroy and his wife. The narrator is external to the story, and the tale is told in the third person. However, it is limited...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2012 8:20 am UTC

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Divorce, feminism, and ethnic identity are some of the social constructs present in Bobbie Ann Mason’s Shiloh. These ideas can be traced in the collection’s title story, “Shiloh.” This story of a...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2020 9:05 pm UTC

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Bobbie Ann Mason wrote "Shiloh" in the waning days of the so-called “Second Wave” of the feminist movement, and the story should be read as an example of literary feminism in that generational...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2020 5:38 pm UTC

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"Shiloh" is not only one of the finest studies of the dissolution of a marriage, but it is also a fascinating character study of both Leroy and Norma Jean. While Leroy disintegrates in body and...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2018 10:43 pm UTC

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In Bobbie Ann Mason's "Shiloh," Leroy faces a considerable amount of change in his life which he struggles to accept. However, I am not sure I would classify Leroy's difficulty as resisting change....

Latest answer posted July 25, 2020 4:40 pm UTC

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