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Love is a powerful force that drives one person to draw a deep affection towards another When analyzed the short story entitled Love in LA by Dagoberto Gilb shows how one can see many reasons in seeing irony and even satire by the storys title Through Jake the protagonists definition of love is expressed in different fashions none results in anything positive He portrays being lazy irresponsible somewhat poor and perhaps something of a scam artist looking for his freedom Several essences reveal the main character true identity throughout the story a love for image self-conceit and daydreaming Jake controls how well he behaves using image as a grand part of his motivation First the author portrays Jakes worries towards the bumpers of the car before thinking of the other people involved in the accident After finding out that there is not an impressionable scratchhe perks up Then while talking to Mariana he straightened out his less than new but not unhip clothes while he is attempting to straighten out the mess with the car accident This description of imagery on himself depicts his lack of respect for others and conceit when it came to what is more important according to him Jake can be seen as vein and egotistical in his cause Near the end of the story he gets back into the car and he took a moment or two to feel both proud and sad about his performance The reader believes it means he is proud of getting away with such rambunctious behavior and attempting to court the young lady all throughout the ordeal With no such luck in the end his efforts are in vein and a distant dream and during the whole thing he is lying to her and himself Another trait which Jake possesses is that of a dreamer In the beginning of the passage the narrator speaks of things Jake would like to do with the 58 Buick
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