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There are many ways to develop a character in a story A good development of the characters is crucial to any storys success In Love In LA by Dagoberto Gilb the author does this in three main ways by description by action and by dialogue First the main character Jakes personality is shown through the narrators descriptive tone as well as narration of the story In the beginning of the story we can see that the author describes Jake such that one can make the assumption that he is probably young approximately 20 We can determine this because of Jakes manner and thoughts when he is sitting in his car His way of cognition is similar to that of a younger person whos greatest preoccupations in life like the stereotype of most guys are cars and freedom When the author states that Jake needed an FM radio in something better than this 58 BuickMeyer 265 he demonstrates Jakes age cohort The description the author gives of Jake thinking about crushed velvet interior with electric controls for the LA summer a nice warm heaterfor the winter drives at the beach cruise control for those longer trips265 characterizes him as being youthful in that he spends time at the beach and can take long trips The author also portrays Jake as an easy-going type of person through description Even though Jake had gotten into an accident he thought of it as a harmless smack 256 and he waved off the driver that hit his car nonchalantly to let the man know there was no problem as far as he was concerned 266 The reader can see the extent of Jakes casualness at the end of the story in which after all that happened from the car accident his sense of freedom swelled as he drove though he couldnt stop the thought about the FM stereo radio and crushed velvet interior and the new car smell
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