The Struggle in Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason
– Leroy and Norma Jean in the short story, “Shiloh” by Bobbie Ann Mason, are a married couple, and they experience a series of events, which shapes them and determines there future. The final setting, Shiloh, works well to highlight the battles of war to the battles between Norma Jean and Leroy. Throughout the story Mason is focused on the persistency of grief, the instability of gender roles, along with the distance and lack of communication separating Leroy and Norma Jean from each other….
Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason
– The setting in the short story “Shiloh” by Bobbie Ann Mason works well to accentuate the theme of the story. The theme portrayed by Mason is that most people change along with their environment, with the exception of the few who are unwilling to adapt making it difficult for things such as marriage to work out successfully. These difficulties are apparent in Norma Jean and Leroy’s marriage. As Norma Jean advances herself, their marriage ultimately collapses due to Leroy’s unwillingness to adapt with her and the changing environment….
Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason
– Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason Character Sketch In Bobbie Ann Mason’s story “Shiloh” she presents the character of Norma Jean as having a strong personality but an emptiness deep within. Norma Jean is presented as a strong character on the outside in the opening of the story. “She lifts three-pound dumbbells to warm-up, the progresses to a twenty-pound barbell.”(Mason p. 46). However as the story progresses she exhibits the emptiness which she feels. “One day Leroy arrives home from a drive and finds Norma Jean in tears.” (Mason p….
Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon and Gravity’s Rainbow
– Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon and Gravity’s Rainbow …..”Snow-Balls have flown their Arcs…” These words begin the wondrous passage that introduces us to the world of Thomas Pynchon’s latest masterpiece, Mason & Dixon. In an obvious parody of “A screaming comes across the sky,” the opening of Gravity’s Rainbow, Pynchon sets the mood and pace for the rest of the novel. In contrast to the mindless pleasures, hopeless desperation, and ubiquitous death that dominate virtually every page of his apocalyptic earlier work, this novel begins with a joyful snowball fight between children on the streets of eighteenth-century Philadelphia….
Power in O’Connor’s The Artificial Nigger and Mason’s Shiloh
– Power in O’Connor’s The Artificial Nigger and Mason’s Shiloh Flannery O’Connor’s story The Artificial Nigger and Bobbie Ann Mason’s story Shiloh both possess characters that excercise power . Mr. Head, the main character that exercises power in The Artificial Nigger, is an old racist man, who claims to know everything. In Mason’s story, Norma Jean, a simple southern woman who wants change in her life, is the main character that exercises power. Both characters are similar in their successful exercise of power; however, the effects their power have are different….