Love In L.A.

Love In L.A. - Marc Marotta Professor Miller English 102-H...

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Marc Marotta Professor Miller English 102-H 01 March 2008 Making Fiction a Reality Have you ever found yourself reading a piece of fiction and being so utterly bored with it that you can barley get through the text? Most everyone who has ever read a book can relate to that scenario, but it brings about the question; what makes a character come to life? The most important thing needed in order to capture and hold the readers attention is realism. If the character in the story is placed in situations where the reader can relate to it becomes much easier to follow along with the plot. In class the past few weeks we have read a number of short stories, some better than others, but I found three stories in particular that really captured and held my attention through the story. Through the various authors uses of irony, style, plot, setting, conflict, and theme these stories really came to life. In the short story “Love in L.A.” by Dagoberto Gilb, the reader is introduced to the suave con-artist Jake. Gilb first gives us the setting; he describes the heavy traffic on the Los Angeles freeway and even describes it visually, “Jake, slouched in a clot of near motionless traffic, in the peculiar gray of concrete, smog, and early morning beneath the overpass. . .” (Gilb 256). He then continues on to describe Jake and his lust for something more than his ’58 Buick with no radio. The transition from Jakes day dream to the surprise accident he gets in with his car makes the story more believable, because almost everyone can relate to daydreaming while driving until you get in an accident or have a near miss. The author then shows how Jake quickly becomes suave when he notices that the driver he hit was an attractive lady. Jake quickly attempts to put
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Siteman during the Fall '07 term at Suffolk.

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Love In L.A. - Marc Marotta Professor Miller English 102-H...

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