Character sketch for Shiloh
In Bobbie Ann Mason’s story “Shiloh” she presents the character of Norma Jean
as having a strong personality but an emptiness deep within. Norma Jean is presented as
a strong character on the outside in the opening of the story. “She lifts three-pound
dumbbells to warm-up, the progresses to a twenty-pound barbell.”(Mason p. 46).
However as the story progresses she exhibits the emptiness which she feels. “One day
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of events that happen begin to
unfold the empty feeling that Norma Jean feels but how she is also portrayed as a strong
woman. Sometimes no matter how much strength one has, a weakness may fall over
them. Norma Jean’s weakness was the emptiness that she felt in her life. She did not let
anyone know that she felt such an emptiness and this is what destroyed her and her
marriage in the end.