What Does Marty Want To Be In The Book Shiloh?

Many people have asked me what I want to be in the book Shiloh. To be honest, I’m not really sure. I would like to be something that helps people, like a doctor or a lawyer. But I also like the idea of being an artist or a writer. I guess it just depends on what the need is when I grow up.

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Marty Preston is the main character in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s novel Shiloh. He is an eleven-year-old boy who lives in West Virginia with his parents and his younger sister, Becky. One day, while walking in the woods near his home, Marty comes across a wounded beagle that he takes home and decides to nurse back to health, against his family’s better judgment.

What does Marty want?

Marty wants to be the best dog he can be.

Why does Marty want it?

Marty wants to be the primary dog because he feels that he can do a better job than Shiloh. He is eager to please and train, and he sees how much work Ray and his family put into making sure Shiloh is well behaved.

How does this conflict with what other characters want?

Marty doesn’t want to give up Shiloh to anyone, but Jude does not feel the same way.

How does this conflict resolve?

Marty wants to be the primary owner of Shiloh, but Judd doesn’t want to give him full ownership. The conflict is resolved when Judd gives Marty the primary ownership of Shiloh.

What does Marty learn?

Marty learns that he wants to be a better dog than he is. He learns that he can be a good dog if he tries hard enough, and that it’s worth it to try to be good.

How does this change Marty?

In the book Shiloh, Marty wishes he could have been anything but a dog. He imagine s himself as a bear, then a deer, then a wolf. But no matter how many times he imagines himself as something different, he always comes back to being a dog. And in the end, he realizes that being a dog is not so bad after all.

What does this mean for the future?

Marty wants to be a teacher in the book Shiloh. This means that he values education and wants to help others learn. He likely has a lot of patience and enjoys working with children.


Marty wants to be a family dog more than anything. He knows that he is capable of being a hunting dog, but he would rather live with a family and be treated well.

Further Reading/Resources

Marty is a character in the book Shiloh who is trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. He reads many books and talks to different people to try and find his answer. If you are like Marty and are still trying to figure out what you want to be, or if you just want to learn more about different career options, check out some of these resources:

-The Occupational Outlook Handbook: This handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics has information on hundreds of different careers, including job descriptions, salary information, and more.

-CareerOneStop: This website from the U.S. Department of Labor has tools and resources for exploring different careers, finding training programs, and looking for job openings.

-My Next Move: This website from the U.S. Department of Labor has quizzes and games to help you learn about different careers that might interest you.

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