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"Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason represents a change over the course of a young woman's life. Bobbie Ann Mason use Norma Jean to help clarify that relationship can fail and that roles do change in today's relationships. Mason uses the Character Norma Jean, who was forced to marry at a young age, sees a new path as the modern days draw near. Norma Jean, is a dynamic character, she is a woman who has low confidence, very dependent on her mother, her husband, and is motivated to change her life. As time passes, she becomes a dynamic character, begins to change from being dependent on everyone to a woman who is very independent and gains confidence on herself.

Norma Jean has many traumatic events in her life. The expositions begins at the age of eighteen, she was pregnant and was forced to marry Leroy, the baby's father, because of the "southern tradition".

The raising action takes over, when the baby, Randy was four months and three days. Randy died of sudden infant death syndrome, as Marble thinks Randy died of neglect. As they took Randy to the emergency room, the doctor told them, "it just happens sometimes" (Mason 671). The conflicts takes place when she realizes that here she was married to a man that she made a mistake with and lost the baby that brought them together. What would happen to them now? Would they stay together or would they go their own ways? The climax began when she has to dealing with her husband, and the death of her child, Norma Jean's mother is very controlling over her life. Norma Jean is often felt intimidated by her mother. When her mother visits, "she inspects the closest and then the plants, informing Norma Jean when a...