Love Has No Existence Here
After reading the two short stories, Love in L.A by Dagoberto Gilb and What We Talk about When We Talk about Love by Raymond Carver, I have realized that a common feeling like ‘love’ can be painted into so many different pictures. Each one of these short stories is written by two different authors and sees ‘love’ at different angles. The character Jake in Love in L.A. has this vision of love that is more of a mockery. Then, Terri’s ex-husband in What We talk about When We Talk about Love has so much passion, but the kind of passion that can be interoperated as obsession. The lies and misconceptions of ‘love’ that Jake and Terri’s ex-husband display reveal that ‘love’ does not exist in a world filled with nothing but cruelty and evil actions.
Jake is heartless. He has no real feeling of sympathy for the fact that he caused an accident. Most people would be more than willing to do everything in their power to fix the problems they attributed to. Jake tries to take the easy way out and instead attempts to hit on the young lady, Marinna, he ran into with his car. Jake shows no remorse after causing a fender bender with a car while driving, the narrator informs us “He considered driving past the Toyota but was afraid traffic ahead would make it difficult.” He feeds her lies like saying he’s a musician, manipulating her into believing he was some big star. Marianna began showing a little interest in Jake’s lies by continuing a conversation with him despite the incident.
Terri’s ex-husband Ed come up in a conversation at dinner with her and her current husband along with their friends who had recently gotten married. As the couples were mingling and drinking a little the topic of love came into play. The narrator quotes “Terri said the man she lived with before she lived with Mel loved her so much he tried to kill her.” Now, in this short story What We Talk about When We Talk about Love, ‘love’ is...
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