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Many assumptions can be made about what the log cabin symbolizes or what its significance is in the story However one correlation stands out stronger than any other in my mind The log cabin is a symbol of the state of Leroys and Norma Jeans relationship Leroy throughout it all as he struggles to convince Norma Jean that she would really like a log cabin because that is what he strives to give her is also fighting to save their marriage just as he desires to have her understand and want their relationship If the word log cabin is replaced with either relationship or marriage the translation should not change any of the meaning in the story and in the majority of cases makes perfect sense The first time that there is mention of the log cabin the author states he is thinking about building a full scale log house from a kit Leroy has grown to appreciate how things are put together 731 Leroy is longing for a complete relationship with Norma Jean one in which he feels needed and wanted by her as he does not feel now He desires to build this on the foundation that they have built over the last sixteen years Leroy has always had a lot of time to think about their marriage but not a lot of time to put anything into it He is finally available to work full time on their marriage since he will not be gone as often Leroy shows that he notices everything that is lacking by his thoughts that are disclosed on page 731 He has this feeling that they are waking up out of a dream together-they must create a new marriage start afresh 731 This statement supports the second phrase of the quote in previous paragraph He realizes that their experiences over the last years have shaped their relationship into what it is now and he is
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