Tomorrow Never Comes
“Shiloh,” by Bobby Ann Mason is a disheartening story that makes marriage seem like an awful commitment to get into at an early age because one never knows what life is going to throw at you. Leroy is truck driver who has been put out of his job after a truck driving incident and returns home to reunite with his wife Norma Jean . Norma has grown to living without Leroy and soon discovers she does not enjoy his constant company. Eventually Norma wants to their marriage to end because of numerous differences that she cannot overcome unless she moves out. She is sick of the mockery she has to take from her mother for becoming pregnant with Leroy when she was eighteen. She also cannot stand the regret of her child's death and is constantly reminded with Leroy always being around. It strikes me how Mason uses this story to relate to real life marriages and it makes me think of how many of my friends have divorced parents and made me remember of the friends I had in high school that were already getting married at such a young age. Some because of an unexpected pregnancy and others because of blind love. This story makes me realize that people usually get divorced because of life events that change the environment of the whole relationship. Mason uses symbolism and fictional realism to a great view on typical worn out marriages today.
Leroy's relationship Norma was always shaky from the beginning. Because of marrying at a young age their relationship had more time to go through social events that made them eventually disconnect with each other. The worst event they went through that initially corrupted their marriage was the death of their child. This traumatic event made the relationship empty and hopeless of prosperity. Leroy moving back in changed the way Norma Jean wanted to live her life. “He injured his leg in a highway accident four months ago, and his physical therapy, which involves weights and a pulley, prompted...
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