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Dualities and Fall from Innocence in Shiloh Throughout life fall from innocence and dualities assist people in becoming mature adults Leroy and Norma Jean experience many obstacles through their lives and also through their marriage Leroy Moffitt who is an injured truck driver encounters many obstacles in life which aid in making him a mature adult Norma Jean who is Leroys wife has many problems also along with her husband The short story Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason exemplifies dualities and fall from innocence clearly Through fall from innocence people grow emotionally also experience pain and disappointment A loss of innocence was experienced when Leroy and Norma Jean were wed at the young age of eighteen People who marry at young age are more likely to get divorced according to many studies When there is a death in a family emotional strain and anguish are encountered by all family members Randy the infant son of Norma Jean and Leroy died of sudden infant death syndrome Leroy remembers handing Randy to a nurse at the emergency room as though he were offering her a large doll as a present A dead baby feels like a sack of flour Mason 424 When Norma Jean was ten years of age her father died of a perforated ulcer which illustrates yet another example of a fall from innocence because of the emotional low due to the loss of a loved one Many examples of a fall from innocence are portrayed in Shiloh Different moods feelings and attitudes as dualities are depicted in Shiloh A duality in Leroy was when he was on the road he never appreciated the beautiful scenery When he was at home injured he began to build things and appreciate many things Leroy has grown to appreciate how things are to put together He has begun to realize that in all the years he was on
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