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What is it like to be free Bobbie Ann Mason the author of Shiloh puts NormaJean Moffitt through different tests in her life before she can find her freedom Masonintroduces us to a character who yearns to be free from her husband and motherThroughout Norma Jeans life she has dealt with many difficult and trying times thatsometimes may not make sense to her and finally this thirty-four-year-old woman is readyto spread her wings fly away and see what it is like to be freeThroughout the story Norma Jeans desire to be free is evident in tasks that she istaking on that she would not normally do leaving her mother and husband blind to thefact that change is coming Norma begins taking a bodybuilding class an Englishcomposition class and a course in cooking exotic foods These changes in Normas lifeare evident to the reader that she is trying to rediscover herself and find her sense ofidentity Her husband Leroy takes notice late in the story to this situation and does notunderstand why she is going through all of these classes In a conversation with Mabelthe mother of Norma she explains to Leroy that Norma Jean just is not used to havinghim home The classes are giving Norma the space she had while Leroy was working butthey are also the tools she needs to distance herself from Leroy and MabelNot only does Norma Jean want to in a sense fly away from her clueless husbandbut an overprotective mother keeps Normas eyes on the sky As mentioned earlierNorma is thirty-four Still her mother Mabel is watching every move she makes Oneday Norma is in her house with the door closed and in comes Mabel catching herdaughter smoking a cigarette Norma is found later crying to Leroy how her privacy wasinvaded by her mother Norma and Leroy lost a baby when they were eighteen years olddue to SIDS When Mabel hears of a story of neglect she confronts her
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