A feminist review of shiloh a story by bobbie ann mason

Her mother has remarried and just had a new baby, and Sam is living with her uncle, Emmett Smith, a Vietnam veteran.

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Although Norma Jean says repeatedly that she does not want to live in a log cabin, Leroy continues to insist that she does. They go to Shiloh on Sunday. And the real inner workings of a marriage, like most of history, have escaped him.

Married for over 40 years, Spence and Lila have reared their children and farmed their rural Kentucky farm. When the couple goes to Shiloh, they find a log cabin, full of bullet holes. New Women and New Fiction: It is important to see that the downhome feminists of these stories do not want what their city cousins want: She can see that Leroy and Norma Jean are having problems in their marriage and nags them about taking a trip to Shiloh.

Finally, in the last scene, Norma Jean stands waving her arms, as if she is about to take flight. When she agrees to visit Shiloh, she finally tells Leroy that she wants to leave him. With the death of her child and the disability of her husband, however, she finds that she needs a new identity.

He pleads with her to help him build their log cabin: She believes that such a trip will solve their problems. 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.

It is unclear whether Leroy will ever return to work as a truck driver. Again, we see an unresolved and unhappy relationship, made even more so by the changing relationships between men and women, but this time we have also seen some means of seeking alternative support.

Leroy was injured in a trucking accident; now he stays at home, smokes marijuana, and makes things from craft kits.

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Inthe use of marijuana for medical purposes, typically for glaucoma and to relieve nausea caused by cancer treatments, becomes legal in California and Arizona after voters approve controversial propositions. By33 percent of high school seniors report having smoked marijuana, down from 50 percent in He realizes that building a log cabin was a terrible idea.

A year later, she published The Girl Sleuth, a feminist assessment of Nancy Drewthe Bobbsey Twinsand other fictional girl detectives.

The two are virtually trading places. Nancy, Spence and Lila's daughter, who also appears in "Nancy Culpepper" and "Lying Doggo" in Shiloh and Other Stories, is one of Mason's transients, while her sister, Cat, and her brother, Lee, are residents who stay close to their parents' farm.

After submitting stories to the New Yorker, she heard back from Roger Angell, a celebrated writer and editor at the magazine. After Norma Jean complains to Leroy about comments her mother had made about a baby who was killed by a dog, Mason ends with a detail: The South has inspired many talented women writers.

Now Norma Jean eats healthy cereal. The memorial represents America for Sam, just as it did for Mason when she first saw it. First is how some of her women try to forge new identities in the wake of shifting gender roles and how their efforts often include a blatant shrinking of traditionally feminine behaviors or characteristics; sometimes they seem almost completely to be trading roles with the men in their lives.

Increasingly, he stays at home, working in his shop in the basement" I'd been writing for a long time, but was never able to see what there was to write about. Despite this, the stock market set record highs and traded record numbers of shares.

A Study of the Short Fiction From the first paragraph, as Norma Jean attempts to build herself up, Leroy attempts to build Norma Jean into the woman he thinks he married.

He is out of date—attempting to move backward in history instead of forward into the future where opportunity supposedly lies for someone who believes in the American dream. Shiloh is not what Mabel had built it up to be, and it does not hold the same meaning or history for them as it does for Mabel.

But I have this crazy feeling I missed something. Are the birds random details selected so that we can experience his loss of words. Next she went to graduate school at the University of Connecticutwhere she subsequently received her Ph.

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In this story, in semirural Kentucky, now well on the way to being developed, a newly passive husband with a modern wife and a ready-made log cabin will not fit into a suburban maze.

She thinks it "does her good to have some friends," and "she feels exhilarated when she is playing cards" with them She seems quite happy with her life on the farm, and she is completely self-sufficient, taking care of chores and duties usually thought of as requiring a man.

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Shiloh Themes

A Critical Analysis of Norma’s Struggle for Identity in “Shiloh” In the story, “Shiloh”, Bobbie Ann Mason’s protagonist, Norma Jean appears to be one of those women who want to assert their identity through their independent choices and actions. In Midnight Magic: Selected Stories of Bobbie Ann Mason was released, collecting 17 of Mason's stories already seen in Shiloh and Other Stories and Love Life.

She also became the subject of a book-length work, Bobbie Ann Mason: A Study of the Short Fiction, by Albert Wilhelm, as part of Twayne's Studies in Short Fiction series. Part-memoir, part story of becoming a writer, part literary criticism.

An excuse to indulge in memories of childhood reading. Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Judy Bolton, the Dana Girls, Vicki Barr (airline stewardess), Cherry Ames (nurse), Beverly Gray (reporter).

One of the blurbs for Bobbie Ann Mason's writing describes it as being like "type O blood" in that it can be given to anyone. I can't think of a better way to put it. "Shiloh" is a good place to start reading Mason as it was her first collection of short stories, and is a good introduction to her world.

Bobbie Ann Mason effectively explores both in her fiction, especially how the changing questions and answers about gender affect the average women and men of our society. WORKS CITED Mason, Bobbie Ann.

Shiloh and Other Stories.

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