Bobbie Ann Mason Writing Styles in Shiloh

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Point of View

Although a number of critics see "Shiloh" as a feminist saga of a woman flexing her muscles and taking flight, "Shiloh" is really Leroy's story. The story is told entirely from his point of view. Point of View, sometimes called narrative perspective, is the term used to describe the way in which the Writer presents the material of a story to the reader. "Shiloh" is told from a third-person, limited point of view. That is, readers see only what Leroy sees and hear only what Leroy hears. In addition, because the story is told from Leroy's point of view, readers are privy to Leroy's thoughts and memories, but not to Norma Jean's or to her mother's. Because of this, readers' reactions to the others in the story are conditioned by Leroy's perspective.

Narrative

The term "narrative" relates to how events unfold in a story. A narrative...

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