Love in LA. When analyzed, the short story entitled "Love in L.A.," by Dagoberto Gilb, shows how one can see many reasons in seeing irony and even satire by the story's title.
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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 L.A.," by Dagoberto Gilb, shows how one can see many reasons in seeing irony and even satire by the story's title. Through "Jake," the protagonist's 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's true identity throughout the story: a love for image, self-conceit, and daydreaming.
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". Making the reader believe that it means he is proud of getting away with such rambunctious behavior and attempting to court the Mariana 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
He shows no indication of fear of punishment for his actions and choices. Jake knows there will be no retribution. Rewards and punishments in this world are not given out in a way most people have come to realize as "fair," and therein lies the situational irony. The only love within this story is the love of self. More specifically, even after behaving despicably and irresponsibly toward Mariana, Jake thinks only of his own material comforts within the confines of his car. Jake is free from any of the conventions that tie him to the responsibility to make honorable or noble decisions. He is free to make any choice at all without punishment. To Jake, and those like him, there are no values to uphold and no morals. Making him very conceited, lazy, and irresponsible.
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