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I strongly suggest adding to the anthology Bobbie Anne MasonsShiloh and Tim OBriens Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong Thesetwo stories explore two female characters whose lives undergo abnormalcircumstances and it is from these circumstances that Norma Jean andMary Anne transform from a traditional woman into a more empoweringmodern woman Though the two characters struggle through differentenvironments hunt for separate aspirations and search for un-alikeopportunities both Norma Jean and Mary Anne exist during a time wheremany believe these women dont have what it takes to survive in a mansworld Both of these two stories are extremely important because theyshow the progression of America and how it is rapidly changing with eachpassing decade More and more women are breaking away from theirtraditional roles as housewife home-maker and mother becomingindependent women paving way for new and equal opportunities Traditionally all over the world a womans role is that of a domesticlife Staying home cooking cleaning caring for children and baringchildren However in America during the 1970s especially a major shifthad occurred A second wave of feminism rolled through The United Statesmaking changes to womens basic civil rights and also a widespreadintegration of employment opportunities arose In Masons Shiloh astrange but growing situation is addressed the role of housewife andhusband have been flipped Norma Jean Moffitt is a housewife fromKentucky She spends most of her time alone at home with only her mother to keep her company from time to time That isuntil her husband Leroy has been put on disability and is forced to behome now Though this story seems to be told mostly from Leroys perspective itis primarily about how he doesnt quite realize that he is slowly losinghis wife He is disillusioned not understanding his wifes true wantsand needs Norma Jean is often startled to find Leroy at home and hethinks she seems a little disappointed about it 833 Leroy alsoseems satisfied that his wife has small and trivial aspirations ofplaying Christmas songs on the
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