SHiloh-Bobbie Ann Mason-Battle

Essay by GoldTrimHigh School, 12th gradeA+, March 2004

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The Civil War was a harsh time in American history. Shiloh was the battleground for a major battle during the Civil War. Shiloh was a decisive, bloody battle, in which the Union army won. During the battle of Shiloh, Rebel forces attacked the federal government, and almost defeated them. But there was a turning point and the federal forces rallied and eventually drove off the Rebel forces. The Rebel forces, also known as the South, needed a win to save the Mississippi valley, but could not. The Rebel forces can be seen as a symbol of the character Norma Jean in the short story "Shiloh," by Bobbie Ann Mason. Her husband, Leroy, can be seen as a symbol for the federal government. Throughout the work "Shiloh," the theme of change is ubiquitous. Change is evident after Leroy's truck accident, which caused Norma Jean to become less dependent on her husband.

If the foundation of a marriage is not strong, then there will be problems in the future of the marriage. This can be seen as being equivalent to if a country's foundation is not strong, then the possibility of civil war may occur. As the truck driving accident changed the foundation of their family, the Civil War changed the foundation of America.

As the story of "Shiloh" begins, one can see change already occurring. Leroy, a truck driver has injured his leg and can no longer work. Generally, the man of the relationship, which was Leroy, provides for the foundation of the family. But as we can

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see, Norma Jean plays that role because of Leroy's inability to function. " Norma Jean is working on her pectorals. She lifts three-pound dumbbells to warm up, then progresses to a twenty-pound barbell. Standing with her legs apart, she...