It is also interesting that Mason uses the war memorial at Shiloh and the cemetery as a setting later on in the story. As the story continues, Mable finds weaknesses within Norma Jean and this causes Norma Jean to worry and further exhaust herself. Its historical significance lies in fact that it was one of the most costly battles of the War, with both sides suffering heavy casualties. Leroy is studying the plans of his log house, which have finally come in the mail. But despite her occasional regressions, Norma Jean ultimately begins to embrace her newfound independence. Mable also notices that the marriage is crumbling and in her need to do something she urges them to go to Shiloh for a second honeymoon.
They have known each, other so long they have forgotten a lot about each other. But for Norma, this is far too late; she would rather jump from the bluff than live with Leroy. She works at an upholstery shop and is always making things for her daughter. During this story the characters are affected by their changing social rural Kentucky environment. He tends to drive a car rather carelessly.
As creative as these literary critics might be with their catchy labels, we here at Shmoop generally consider Mason to be a minimalist because, like other authors who came to prominence in the 1970s and 1980s, she uses a stripped-down writing style, focusing on surface details and themes of loss and alienation. The story leaves you reflecting on the statement that it is important to talk and not hide your feelings. While family may simply be interpreted as a social unit, its extended. But while Union forces escaped with victory, an argument can be made that no real victory was obtained by either side during those three days in April. When the man heard the raven knocking on his door, he was nervous and anxious. Virgil recently led a drug bust in a back room at a bowling alley, where he seized ten thousand dol lars' worth of marijuana.
The title story is as good as advertised, but after that I found this collection relentlessly one-note. She eats a cereal called Body Buddies, and she leaves the bowl on the table, with the soggy tan balls floating in a milk puddle. He even sacrifices his own life, to fulfill his need of attention. I'm reading too many books at once! Significant problems were not something that Leroy liked to discuss, but the log cabin that he planned on building for himself and his wife is something in which he brought up many times. Whether you know it or not, many of his stories rely on themes and motifs to make the story more appealing to the reader. We see it again in the fact that she goes to work every day while he stays at home smoking marijuana and doing crafts.
At Shiloh, she drives aimlessly through the park, past bluffs and trails and steep ravines. Most of her characters work at places like K-Mart and the Piggly Wiggly, and many frown upon cursing and drinking. Lastly, even though this story is filled with symbolism and figurative language, there is the main symbolism of Shiloh, which is also the title of the story. Throughout stories, authors like to describe the characterization of character rather than the plot. Norma Jean is becoming the man of her household; she feels that her husband is not longer able to fill the job. This could be important as it is the only occasion in the story in whereby the reader realises just how fresh the wound is when it comes to Norma Jean losing her own child. Instead there is a sense that Norma Jean is being independent.
Mason and Shepherd are faced with some serious decisions regarding their employment. People visit a cemetery not just to remember the dead, but also to seek solace when they being to heal from the trauma of the death of their loved ones. Leroy gets up to follow his wife, but his good leg is asleep and his bad leg still hurts him. They were at a drive-in when the baby was four months old, and the baby was in the back seat sleeping. Mason also uses a third and final character in this story. Marty chose not to share his secret about Shiloh with David.
He will wad the blueprints into tight balls and fling them into the lake. The author in this story does a fabulous job because this story was easy to read and understand. The comparison of the sky, a huge expanse, to the dust ruffle, a small scrap of fabric, suggests that Leroy has belatedly understood the enormous destructive power of silence. Life on the farm was different than life of the town folk in many ways. Fiction, Literature, Narrative 1023 Words 3 Pages Theme and Narrative Elements in the Short Story Introduction to Literature Prof. Whether it flourishes or decays depends greatly upon how both people react to these alterations.
What a great imagination she has, accompanied by an amazing facility with the language. However, another perspective would be to look at Shiloh as a place where healing happens. Their relationship, arguably never strong to begin with, must now face the challenges of new circumstances. For instance, Mason states, Norma Jean and Leroy used to have fun when he came back from work, eating dinner that she made, playing cards and watching television Mason 224. The couples relationship is unstable. The fact remains that in exactly the same way the Battle of Shiloh occurred, ended, and is memorialized, so it is with this relationship. Scared and confused by the accident that left him unable to drive his rig, Leroy sits at home all day like a bored housewife, pursuing hobbies that are stereotypically feminine.
I found this collection to be both dated and disappointing as a whole, for being a whole lot of the same thing. Naylor writes about the difficulties involved in deciding what is right and what is wrong and the value of family and friends to portray the notion that people are unique and naturally figure out solutions to life's dilemmas in their own way. It is surrounded by tourists looking for bullet holes. The center of attraction of this narrative is a married couple, Leroy Moffitt and his wife, Norma Jean. After making her final decision, she travels down a serpentine brick path to begin her journey.