Literature, Love in La, a Good Man Is Hard to Find Essay

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Love in L.A. by Dagoberto Gilb

The setting of this short story is on the freeway of Los Angeles. Jake is a self-absorbed, lazy, irresponsible, protagonist, who is driving along the freeway. He begins daydreaming about a car better than his 58’ Buick, with crushed velvet interior and an FM radio. His daydreaming causes him to hit the car in front of him. The driver of the other car is a naïve, innocent women, named Mariana. Mariana is on her way to work, driving a car given to her by her father. Jake approaches Mariana with confidence and tries to smooth things over by flattering her and asking her for her phone number. Jake is a very dishonest person looking to keep his freedom and willing to do whatever it takes to do so. He
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He also lies to her about being a musician and an actor, trying to excite her and believe his stories.
This story has not influenced my life, but has simply made me better understand literature. I have never before analyzed literature like I did during this assignment and this story, and I look forward to analyzing more. For me, it has opened up a new meaning to literature.

A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O’Conner

The setting of this story takes place on the back roads of Georgia. The grandmother is a very enthusiastic Christian who enjoys telling stories. In the beginning of the story her motive is to visit friends in TN. Even though she does not get her way, she rides along on the road trip with her family to FL. When they come across The Misfit that she read about in the newspaper she tries to save her and her family’s lives by making The Misfit realize his faith and she tries to make him believe he is a good person. Her son Bailey simply wants to take a smooth road trip to FL with his family, without any problems. When they come across The Misfit his motive is to be "the hero" and save his family by standing up to The Misfit. I feel the children's mother did not play an important role in this story. She is just along for the ride and has no real motive. The children John Wesley and June Star want to have fun on their family…

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