What is the setting (time and place) of "Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason? How does the point of view affect the story? Does it symbolize, contrast or emphasize some aspect of story, set a tone or mood, or show effects of a historical time period on characters? Include quotes that prove the setting.

The setting of "Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason is Kentucky in the 1970s or 1980s. This is a time during which women were gaining more independence, working outside the home, earning their own money, and making their own decisions. Norma Jean doesn't just want a house anymore. She wants a body and mind to be proud of, and this is something Leroy doesn't really understand. The setting helps us to understand her character much better.

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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 period, there is a reference in the text to the "TV set" on top of which Leroy places the miniature log cabin he made from Popsicle sticks.

During the 1950s, televisions became more popular in American homes, so we know for certain that the story cannot take place before this era. Rexall's drugstore chain was also quite popular in the 1970s and 1980s, even expanding at that time, so this provides another clue to the timing. The fact that Norma Jean works...

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