Theme of Relationships in Shiloh Essay

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In the short story "Shiloh", written by Bobbie Sue Mason, Norma Jean and Leroy are an older married couple that are experiencing new roadblocks in their relationship. Leroy is injured in a trucking accident while, so he is unable to until his knee heals, but he is nervous to go back to trucking. Norma Jean his wife is use to being home without Leroy and does not know how to handle him being around so often. Her mother Mabel has decided to somewhat take Leroy’s place by hanging around he house more then he ever thought she did. She helps Norma Jean, but she also is a burden. It is up to the reader to decide whether Norma Jean and Leroy stay together, or end up getting a divorce at the end of the story. I believe that they can work things …show more content…

The life she would have had if Randy had not died, or the life that they could have had if Leroy would have stayed and dealt with everything with Norma Jean. I think that her finding new hobbies can also help their relationship not just hurt it. They need to first discuss how the death of their son affected them when it happened, and how it is affecting them now. They should talk about why Leroy chose to stay away from home for such long periods, and how now that he is home how they feel awkward and uncomfortable around each other. They need to communicate with each other, let each other know how the death has effect them and try to move on from there. Another reason I feel that Norma Jean resents or has these bad feelings for Leroy is after the death they never really talked about having another baby. Now that he is back she might feel that the time is past to have more children. That could be another reason she has started talking classes, she is trying to move past what she has wanted for all this time. Now she knows with Leroy back and lack of him dealing with anything that, that boat has sailed and she needs to find something else that can fill that void. If they talked about it they might have decided that it was not right for them to have another child, but at least they both were thinking about the other ones feelings. Another issue that they should work through is they both only

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