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Good bye Norma Jean The death of an infant can modify ones characteristic and psychological behavior to the point of suicide In Bobbie Ann Masons Shiloh she leaves the ending of the story for her readers to draw their own conclusion of how Norma Jean leaves her husband Leroy Most readers see her divorcing Leroy and starting a new life as an independent woman Cooke 196 par1 When in fact this is a story about a bereaved mother who at the end takes her own life due to the guilt over her childs death There are many clues to lead to the fact she took her own life I found it interesting Bobbie Ann Mason gave the character the name Norma Jean Norma Jean was also the real name of Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroes depression and inability to find lasting happiness resulted in psychological disorders with the end result of her taking her own life The character Norma Jean fits all the psychological characteristics of behavior change in mothers who are coping with life after losing their child to sudden infant death syndrome The most common symptoms are anxiety and depression Boyle 933 par1 She is always trying to stay busy First she decided to build her own body up She goes to the gym or does exercises around the house whenever she is home Second she decided to take night classes at her local community college She comes home and writes essays of stories she has read She never seems to be in a relaxed state of being These are signs of anxiety The definition of anxiety is uneasiness She cant decide what she wants to do with herself There are many reasons for her depression She is trying to cope with the death of her child her empty marriage to Leroy and her less than supportive mother The death
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