In "Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason, compare and contrast Norma Jean and Leroy.

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In "Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason, there exist more differences between Leroy and Norma Jean than similarities. However, the strongest comparison between the two is their interest in a process. For Norma Jean, the process involves cosmetics; Leroy's interest lies in trucks. When Norma Jean explains to Leroy the three steps in complexion care, "he thinks happily of other petroleum products—axle grease, diesel fuel. This is a connection between him and Norma Jean" (paragraph 9). They are also both able to master steps in different processes. Norma Jean does bodybuilding, plays the organ, and begins to write compositions. Leroy "makes things from craft kits" and even does needlepoint.

However, their differences far outweigh their likenesses. First of all, Leroy is injured because of a...

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