Argumentative Essay on Shiloh

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Shiloh

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.

Leroy Moffit is a truck driver, and over the years as his wife Norma Jean is adapting to
the changing community his adaptation to things consist of pretty much the way he drives
his truck. During this time Norma Jean is left at home to fend for herself and learn the
workings of nearly being a single woman. Norma Jean started to play the organ again,
practice weight lifting, and take night classes. When Leroy came home after years of being
saturated in his work he expected things to be like they were in the beginning of their
marriage. As time goes on at home, Leroy takes notice to Norma Jean's keen, and
independent understanding of what goes on around her. He observes and is afraid to admit
that she has had to be her own husband. Over the years Norma Jean developed a structured
routine that does not include him. As Leroy sits around and plays with a model log cabin
set Norma is constantly working to advance and adapt herself with the changing
environment. Leroy slowly falls behind causing the marriage to pull apart.

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