Study Guide

Shiloh Narrator Point of View

By Bobbie Ann Mason

Narrator Point of View

Third Person (Limited Omniscient)/Leroy Moffitt

Leroy isn't the narrator of "Shiloh," but we see things from his point of view as an observer—like we're sitting there in the back of his head, peeking through his eyes, but he doesn't know we're there. Okay, maybe we're getting a little creepy here….

Leroy's observations are often a bit off-kilter and his thoughts are sometimes confused and drift off to nowhere, thanks to regular inhalations from an ever-ready supply of weed (remember—just say no), but they provide enough details to help the reader form a clear picture of what's going on in the story even if those details don't all add up for Leroy.

The author, of course, is working behind the scenes, so to speak, filling in information, like the early history of the Moffat's marriage that help the reader see the troubled present lives of the characters in a richer context.