Lamar And Franklin Argumentative Essay

Lamar Davis

Also known as

Family

Businesses

Drug dealing
Car theft
Credit card fraud



"When there's some shit to be won, Goddamnit, I want it. I don't give a fuck what it is. Y'know what I'm talkin' about? I take no prisoners. I go hard doing this shit. Big dog. Big nuts. When names is on a motherfuckin' board, I want to see my name at the top of that motherfucker and next to it, it need to say "Winner"."
―Lamar Davis during the mission Repossession.

Lamar Davis is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a central character and deuteragonist to Franklin Clinton in Grand Theft Auto V. He is also a main character in Grand Theft Auto Online.

History

Background

Lamar is the best friend of Franklin Clinton, and lives in Chamberlain Hills. He is described as "crazy" by Rockstar Games. It appears that Lamar is a drug dealer and gang-banger due to Franklin's comments about Lamar's "slingin' dope" and "throwing up gang signs". He is a member of the Families street gang. Lamar was working as a repossession man for Premium Deluxe Motorsport until Simeon Yetarian fired both Lamar and Franklin.

Lamar and Franklin both attended Davis High School together when they were teenagers. Eventually, the pair became involved in crime.

According to both Lamar and Franklin, Lamar is of Apache descent. He seems to be proud of it, as in Repossession he says "That's that Apache blood in me!".

Events of GTA Online

Lamar picks up the Online Player from the LSIA, where it is revealed they have been in contact online on Lifeinvader for a while. Lamar will take the player to a car park and partake in a race with them. After the race, Lamar takes the player to meet Gerald, where he assigns a job. After the player experiences the city up close and gets the hang of things, Lamar eventually calls the player to tell them that he can provide a mugger to mug anyone the player chooses.

Eventually, Lamar will introduce the player to Benny and his shop, Benny's Original Motor Works and will begin to give players missions to do so Lamar can rise to become the "King of Los Santos." His attempts to rise to the top include attempting to get theVagos and Ballas into a gang war with each other and stealinglowriders, but these result in detrimental side effects. Because of Lamar's actions, Gerald gets arrested by the police, and loses trust with the Families and has to make amends. Ultimately, Lamar receives a reality check and realizes that his dreams of rising to the top are little more than dreams and thanks the player for helping him realize that.

Events of GTA V

Lamar is first seen doing a repossession job in Vespucci Beach with Franklin. The two encounter Michael De Santa, who unknowingly gives them directions to the property where they have to repossess the cars. Lamar and Franklin discover the cars, a 9F Cabrio and a Rapid GT. Lamar challenges Franklin to a race and can win or lose depending on the player's choice. Soon after, Lamar and Franklin are assigned by Simeon to repossess a Bagger in a Vagos-controlled area of Vespucci. While searching for the motorbike, the pair are confronted by Vagos gangsters and are forced to fight their way out of the neighborhood. The two find the bike, but the owner is killed in the action. Knowing that the repossession is now meaningless, Lamar keeps the bike for himself.

Lamar brings Franklin along to kidnap a Ballas thug named D, for no other reason than that Lamar saw "opportunity". With the help of Chop, the two succeed in kidnapping D; however, they are forced to set him free when Lamar inadvertently reveals their location.

Lamar and Stretch drop by Franklin's house in Strawberry and the trio goes to visit D. However, to the trio's surprise, D had set them up with the Ballas. Stretch kills D, and the trio end up shooting their way out of the warehouse together, making a run for it to escape from the oncoming police.

When Franklin returns to his old house, Lamar and Denise heckle him for his neglect of the CGF as of late. Franklin doesn't want to be apart of the petty, gangbanging lifestyle in any way. Trevor suddenly appears out of nowhere and proceeds to give Denise a seven dollars, telling her to "buy [her]self something nice, not something expensive," and shoo her back into the house. When Franklin angrily asks Trevor why he's here, he says his reason for being there is to make new friends. At this moment, a drug deal sounds ravishing. The deal turns out to be a scam, however; it was merely a gram of the nose-candy hidden inside a brick of drywall. The throbbing score violently begins to increase as the situation spirals out of control, turning into a shootout. In the heat of the battle, the LSPD show up to bring the urban chaos to a halt. Franklin and Trevor follow Lamar through a narrow alley that he discovered in an effort to help the men escape. As they run towards the open water, they steal three jet skis. After riding across the ocean and putting distance between them and the cops, Franklin figures that the cops would have a harder time catching them if they all split up. From there, depending on who the player is controlling, can either have all the characters go off on their own or pair up with another character to escape from the cops.

Lamar is later told by Trevor that Franklin is stealing high-end cars for multi-millionaire businessman Devin Weston and tracks him to the Hayes Autos garage on Little Bighorn Avenue using his GPS. Devin notices the tension between the two and suggests that Lamar is the "spirit" and Franklin is the "brains" of their two-man operation. Franklin leaves with Devin, and Lamar discusses the possibility of working together. Lamar later steals a Monroe for Devin and, with Devin's collection complete, works with Trevor and Franklin to transport them north of Paleto Bay, which they successfully manage despite receiving police attention. The trio arrive at their destination and Franklin is told that their payment has been reinvested, and will only be paid once the police interest has died down.

In the mission Lamar Down, Tanisha pays a visit to Franklin's new house at Whispymound Drive, to tell him Lamar has been set up by Stretch, and if Franklin was a true friend, he would go and rescue him. It is revealed that Lamar spoke too much, causing him to be kidnapped by the Ballas, and is being held prisoner at a saw mill in Blaine County. Franklin, Trevor, and Michael arrive at the mill to rescue Lamar, with the assistance of Lester. They proceed to kill the Ballas, and Franklin takes him home to Forum Drive. While there, Lamar and Franklin get into a small dispute, arguing about Franklin's many efforts to save Lamar from problems he got himself into, advising him to remain civilized and stay out of trouble, and that he should get some real work, instead of the routine gangbanging lifestyle. As their argument ends, Lamar overhears Steve Haines and Dave Norton meeting Franklin around the corner ordering him to kill Trevor when the time is right. As the agents drive away, Lamar asks Franklin who they were, to which Franklin replies "nobody".

Endings

Lamar sends a text message to Franklin saying that he was right about Stretch, and that he will need to lay low for a while. He also calls Franklin to ask if he knows anything about Trevor's death, though Franklin responds by claiming Trevor was killed by government agents.

Lamar sends a text message to Franklin saying that he was right about Stretch, and that he will need to lay low for a while. He also calls Franklin to ask if he knows anything about Michael's death, and Franklin claims he knows nothing about it.

If Franklin chooses the ending Deathwish, Franklin will call Lamar and go pick him up. Franklin will explain his intent to save his mentors as impressed Lamar instantly volunteers to help Franklin, Michael and Trevor out against the FIB and Merryweather. After killing the agents, the trio re-group, but Lamar does not join them. Michael later offers to kill Stretch for Lamar and Franklin due to him setting up Lamar and trying have them both killed. Lamar is not seen again, but he later phones Franklin to let him know that he is alive. After the mission, the player can still hang out with Lamar for friendship activities as Franklin or Trevor. 

Personality

When describing Lamar, Rockstar Games' Dan Houser said that even though he is crazy, he is a "good kind of crazy", and also a "very funny" main character, while his best friend, Franklin, is the opposite of him. He is very prideful of his Apache descent and uses this to explain himself and is the basis of several of his jokes.

During missions in the main storyline, Lamar is lazy and tends to get himself in trouble by blindly trusting anyone offering him money. He isn't very bright, either. A prime example of Lamar blindly trusting anyone offering him money and not being very smart is accepting a deal with D, the Balla he previously tried to kidnap. This deal was quickly revealed to be an ambush for revenge. He constantly gets himself, Franklin and others into situations that common sense would normally keep people away from. An example is the mission Hood Safari, where Franklin, Lamar and Trevor go to Grove Street to make a drug deal. Had Trevor not been there to uncover the possible rip-off, Lamar would've ended up buying a brick of drywall. In Lamar Down, Lamar also seems to be annoyed with Franklin and claims that Franklin ignored him and the hood since he moved to Vinewood Hills. Lamar is generally an unsuccessful criminal; all of the heists he plans ends up with him penniless and nearly dead.

Lamar appears to play the role of comedic relief, as a sidekick to the grounded and reasonable Franklin. His character is somewhat trivialized - despite being a violent and ruthless gangster (for example, at one point, Lamar contemplates betraying Simeon and taking his business), he never harms anyone outside of in-game shoot-outs, and generally projects an image of a harmless, clownish character.

Lamar is a loyal friend to Franklin, as seen in the "Deathwish" ending, where he assists Franklin, Michael, and Trevor, although Franklin warned him that he will most likely die.

During friend activities, Lamar can mention that he dislikes Michael.

He also seems to be close to his mother because he has "Mom" tattooed on the right side of his neck.

Murders Committed by Lamar Davis

  • Unnamed Vagos member - Murdered for aiming a gun at him and trying to kill him and Franklin to prevent them from repossessing the bike.

Mission Appearances

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

GTA Online: Lowriders Update

Services (GTA Online)

Service Description In-Game Effect Cost Level Requirement
Mugger Choose a player to be targeted by a Mugger who will steal a portion of their cash The targeted player will be knocked unconscious by the Mugger and will have up to $10,000 stolen (dependent on rank of victim). Only money not in the bank can be stolen. If the targeted player is in a vehicle, the player will simply be pulled out and knocked unconscious. The Mugger can be killed when they are running away, which allows players to take the stolen money. $1000 50

Gallery

Artwork of Lamar Davis.

Lamar wearing an "LS" cap that resembles Sweet's cap.

"Oh my bad Mr. Gold Card."

"Gangsta shit, nigga."

"We can't repo the assets of a deadman, big sitting chief asshole!"



Franklin and Lamar

• ­Wasted

• ­Busted
• ­One of the cars was damaged. (Before taking the cars)
• ­The Cops were alerted.
• ­Lamar died.
• ­Lamar was abandoned.
• ­Franklin lost Lamar.
• ­The car was abandoned.
• ­The car was destroyed.
• ­The car got stuck.
• ­One of the cars was destroyed.
• ­Both cars were destroyed.
• ­Lamar's car is too damaged.
• ­The Cops were led to the dealership.
• ­One of the cars was damaged after dropping it off.
• ­The dealership was trashed.
• ­A vehicle was driven into the dealership.
• ­One of the showroom cars was broken into.
• ­There was a disturbance at the dealership.
• ­Simeon's deal was disrupted.
• ­Simeon died.
• ­Jimmy died.

• ­Welcome to Los Santosachievement/trophy (10

/)
• ­Ability to play as Franklin
• ­Franklin's Buffalo S
• ­Barbers
• ­Ammu-Nation
• ­$250

"Franklin and Lamar repossess two convertibles for an Armenian car dealer, Simeon."
GTA V description at Rockstar Games Social Club.
Lamar: "You the one all pumped up on doing this lick, nigga. I'm getting my money in the hood, I'm straight fool. I'm cool."
Franklin: "You cool? Cool what? Slinging dope and throwing up gang signs?"
―Franklin and Lamar at the beginning of the mission.

Franklin and Lamar is the first mission in Grand Theft Auto V, given to protagonistFranklin Clinton by car dealer Simeon Yetarian.

Mission

Nine years after the events of the Prologue, Michael De Santa is having a conversation with his therapist, Dr. Isiah Friedlander. Michael is growing increasingly unhappy at the fact that he is going through a midlife crisis, beginning to release a small amount of stress by shouting at Dr. Friedlander that the perfect life he dreamt of is disjointed, thus ending their brief session for the day.

Michael heads outside and sits on a bench in Vespucci Beach. This brings him into a chance encounter with Lamar Davis and Franklin Clinton, who he reluctantly redirects to their repossession location. The story then turns to focus on Franklin as he anxiously questions Lamar's motives for proceeding with the repossession, as he doesn't see it as legitimate work. They arrive at the property and after Franklin decides which vehicle he would like to acquire, he accompanies Lamar on a high-speed chase throughout different parts of Los Santos.

Franklin and Lamar end their chase at the Union Depository car park. As the men exchange repartee with each other, they hear the LSPD sirens, which causes them to drive away in different directions to lose the unwanted police attention. Once the wanted level is dealt with, Franklin meets Lamar at the back of the Premium Deluxe Motorsport dealership, where they witness their boss and owner of the car dealership, Simeon Yetarian, berating a young man, Jimmy De Santa, for making racist comments about him (the actual reason for this being that he is trying to scam him into buying a BeeJay XL, something that Lamar himself points out to Franklin).

Both Lamar and Franklin leave the dealership and head to the Franklin's house, where Lamar mocks Franklin's appearance after he's been denied access to Franklin's home. The mission concludes as Franklin walks around the house, which also leads to the brief introduction of his aunt, Denise Clinton and the basics of the game.

Gameplay

This mission is immediately started after completing Prologue.

Choose one of the cars.

After the first cutscene, the player gains control of Franklin. One of the first decisions in the game is choosing between a convertible DewbaucheeRapid GT and Obey9F Cabrio. This decision has no impact on the story and will only cause the conversations to differ upon entering the car. The mission will fail if the player damages the cars too severely.

Return to Lamar.

This objective triggers only if the player decides to walk away from Lamar instead of choosing the cars. The mission will fail if the player continues to walk away from Lamar.

Follow Lamar.

Upon choosing a car and watching the duo retract the cars' roofs, Lamar speeds away and the player has to follow him. The player starts off on Great Ocean Highway, goes through Del Perro and Rockford Hills, to Richards Majestic, and through Vespucci, Little Seoul and Pilbox Hill, where Franklin and Lamar stop at the car park of the Union Depository. To attain a gold medal in this mission, the player needs to use Franklin's special ability for at least 7 seconds, avoid hitting the actors while passing through Richards Majestic, avoid taking damage to the car and win the race against Lamar. The mission will fail if the player goes too far away from Lamar. There are no repercussions for hitting actors in the movie studio or losing the race against Lamar, apart from being unable to attain a gold medal. Damaging the car too much will result in an alternate version of the post-mission phonecall and destroying the car will fail the mission.

Get back in the car.

This objective only appears if the player exits the car. During the race it will result in a mission failure as the player will be unable to catch up to Lamar after exiting and re-entering the car.

Park next to Lamar.

This objective appears if the player is too far behind Lamar on the entrance to Union Depository or decides to go around the garage into the parking lot.

Lose the Cops.

After Franklin and Lamar meet at the car park of the Union Depository and discuss Franklin's loss or victory of the race, the cops are alerted and Lamar speeds off. The player, on their own, has to lose a two-star wanted level. The easiest way to lose the cops is getting out of their sight and hiding in the alleys near the dealership. Another easy way to lose the cops is to enter the subway tunnel construction site at the Del Perro Freeway (although if you're not careful enough you might damage your car, either from the jump in the tunnel site or the speeding cars in the freeway).

Take the car back to the dealership.

After successfully losing the cops, the player has to take the car back to the dealership to continue with the mission.

Get in your car.

Once the repossessed vehicle is delivered to the dealership and Franklin and Lamar meet Simeon again, the player needs to enter Franklin's personal vehicle.

Go to Franklin's house.

The final part of the mission is to drive to Franklin's house, and park the car in his garage. A short cutscene plays, introducing the player to safehouse functions, and the player is now free to roam around the map. The reward for completing the mission is $250 and a "Welcome to Los Santos" Achievement/Trophy.

Any bonus content, such as returning player bonuses (X1/PS4/PC only), DLC weapons (X360/PS3 only), Interaction Menu, Social Club content, or Special/Collector's Edition and pre-order bonuses, will also be unlocked once the player leaves the safehouse.

Pistol, Micro SMG, SMG, Assault Rifle, Knife, and Grenades, are unlocked at Ammu-Nation, including the shooting range activity. The player can also go to any fairground ride, Strip Club, Barber, Cinema, Mod Shop, Car Wash, and Cable Car, complete Taxi Fares, and find collectibles such as Letter Scraps, Peyote Plants and Monkey Mosaics.

This mission will fail at any point if the player dies, gets busted, abandons the car or Lamar, destroys the car, disrupts the meeting, kills Lamar, Simeon or Jimmy, or goes to the dealership with a wanted level.

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Not a Scratch - Deliver the repossessed car with minimal damage.
    • Try to avoid crashing. Use Franklin's special ability to avoid collisions.
  • Focused Driver - Use Franklin's special ability for 7 seconds.
    • With the other objectives, this one should come naturally.
  • Winner - Win the race against Lamar.
    • Before entering the Union Depository, there will be two tunnels. Lamar drives through the right-hand tunnel. Drive through the left-hand tunnel and use Franklin's special ability to pass him.
  • We Come in Peace - Avoid hitting any aliens in the movie studio.
    • Use Franklin's special ability to navigate the studio.

Aftermath

  • It is possible for Franklin to call Lamar after this mission. Franklin will wonder when they will stop listening to other people and work for themselves. Lamar tells him that Franklin needs to make up his mind about what he wants to do.

Lifeinvader Posts

  • Darryl Knox - "Am I dreaming or did I just see you and Lamar tearing up the Del Perro Freeway on some sick wheels?"

Bleeter Posts

  • @nobbly_head - "just saw 2 crazzzzy hoods racing boosted cars on del perro freeway sweet ass convertibles too!!"

Gallery

Trailers

Screenshots retrieved from GTA V Trailers.

Dr. Friedlander asks Michael about Jimmy's personality.

Lamar asks Michael about the Beach House location.

Michael points out the house.

Franklin and Lamar.

Franklin mocks their "legit business".

Franklin speeds off with the stolen 9F. Someone (probably the owner) is seen in the background running after.

Racing through the freeway.

Racing through Del Perro.


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In-Game

Michael.

Dr. Friedlander.

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