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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

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Haidar Haidar

on 25 May 2011

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Transcript of The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

The main problem our main character is having is simple.
The author compares the relationship between the narrator and Sheila with the line and the bass that is caught on. RESOLUTION: Short Story Review:
The Bass, The River, & Sheila Mant Who deserves credit for this absolute masterpiece?? The story takes place along the Connecticut River along the lush coasts over northeastern New Hampshire. The story seems to take place in a 80’s or 70’s setting considering the habits of the east coast boy and the type of date the children go on. Also when Ann Margret was mentioned, a movie star in the 1970’s, it really gave away the time period. The climax of the story is undoubtedly quite evident. There is the fact that while on the canoe, he catches a bass accidently, while Sheila despises fishing! The real climax is when finally, the narrator has the guts to ask her out, after many retreated attempts. After the long canoe ride, and a few dances to folk music at Dixford’s little fair, she went off with Eric Caswell of Dartmouth and the narrator was crushed. He learned that there were other Sheila Mant’s, other fish. Undoubtedly, this is an internal conflict. Conflicts of the Story The main conflict of the story seems to be the fear of our narrator to ask out the beautiful Sheila Mant. Person vs. Self & Emotions In the first sentence of the story, Wetherell sets up his motif; "There was a summer in my life when the only creature that seemed lovelier to me than a largemouth bass was Sheila Mant." (pg. 306) Exposition: Climax: The motif here is the idea that the ideal fish is like the ideal girl. What happens with the bass in the story and what happens with Sheila Mant are, in some ways, parallel experiences for the narrator. Does he cut the line or does he keep it? Sheila Mant, the narrators obsession towards her. Character Type :D Protagonist: Antagonist: METHODS OF CHARACTERIZATION?? What the bass might represent in the story is the narrators passion. While Sheila represents the narrators desire in the story. Jalal Taleb Hussein Rizk & Haidar Haidar [A.K.A Your favorites ;)] ***Insert praising applaud from crowd here*** Figurative Language The author, throughout the story, used intense imagery, metaphor phrases, and exquisite similes! :) Simile: “it gleamed as aluminum had ever gleamed” (p.308)This phrase was referring to the canoe he took Sheila on, he took extremely good care of it. Simile: “the corridor of hidden life that ran between the banks like a tunnel” (p.309) This was referring to the fish in the lake near his summer home, they were only full of life in the night. Imagery: “I . . . rubbed every inch with Brillo, hosing off the dirt, wiping it with chamois until it gleamed as bright as aluminum ever gleamed.” (p.308) Imagery: “I would . . . stare enchanted at the candlelit swirl of white dresses and bright, paisley skirts.” (p.307) Metaphor: “there was a summer in my life when the only creature that seemed lovelier to me than a largemouth bass was Sheila Mant” (p.307). Two examples of symbolism in the story are bass fishing, and Sheila. The narrator in the story has to make a big choice between his desire to go out with Sheila and his passion of bass fishing. Where is symbolism in this story?? PLOT SUMMARY? We got you Mrs. Markey!! :O :O : / What the hecks a "Motif"? :/ Something you learn in Mrs. Markey's class <3 It also seemed as if he had caught the largest bass he’s ever caught, but cant tell the confounded Sheila who is aboard the canoe throughout this dilema. The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant W.D. Wetherell That brings us to a conclusion on By: Deuces B) The narrator loves fishing but hides his hobby from the girl he is in love with. He tries doing other things to impress her, this is probably because he is self-conscious of himself. The Narrator 14 yrs. old at the story’s beginning, loved fishing for largemouth bass, has a crush on Sheila Mant, spends his time trying to get up enough courage to ask Sheila for a date Sheila Mant 17 yrs. old, family is renting the cottage next to his family’s, doesn’t know the narrator exists, talks constantly of older college boys, upper class Throughout the story she seems to always neglect her 'date' on the canoe, although she does show some love when they dance to a few songs, she doesn't really care for him. Static & Dynamic? Throughout the story we understand efficiently that our narrator is obsessed over this girl he attempts to impress all summer and score a date with her. He eventually does, he becomes, heart broken, and realizes that there are many others like Sheila Mant, his emotions toward her changes juristically. The Narrator Undoubtedly the Sheila Mant was a clear static character. Throughout the story she barely ever changed. Constantly neglecting her date, the narrator. She is rude to him on the canoe, still though there are some signs of sympathy when she dances with him at on the date a couple times which also gives her dynamic traits. Round?
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