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The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant
Hope Harvardon 19 October 2012
Transcript of The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant
Sheila Mant Dynamic Character A dynamic character is a character who changes throughout a story. In "The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant", the dynamic character is the narrator. At the beginning of the story he is in love with his neighbor, Sheila Mant. However, the feelings are not mutual. While on their "date", the narrator chooses impressing Sheila over catching a big fish because she told him she thought fishing was stupid. At the end of the story, the narrator realizes that he made a mistake in choosing to change himself in order to impress a girl. The narrator hides his true self from her and he says that he never made the same mistake again. Theme The theme of a story is the lesson or moral that
the author displays through his work. The theme of
this short story is simply, be who you are, not what
others expect or want you to be. The narrator changes
himself to impress Sheila instead of revealing the true
him. He is influenced by peer pressure and follows
what other people's opinions instead of holding his
own. Conflict The conflict of "The Bass, the River, and Sheila
Mant" is man vs. self. Throughout the story the
narrator is battling himself internally on whether to
impress Sheila, a girl he is on a date with, or catch
a large bass. Sheila tells him that she thinks fishing
dumb, something that the narrator loves to do.
Because of this, when he hooks a large bass, he
struggles on whether or not to catch it and show off or just agree with Sheila and hide his true-self. In the end, the narrator lets the fish go, only to realize the mistake he made later. Protagonist and
Antagonist The protagonist in a story is the character who
moves the plot forward. In this story, the narrator happens to be the protagonist. An antagonist is a force or character working against the protagonist. In "The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant", the antagonist is the narrator's internal conflict with himself. His thoughts make him self-conscious causing him to doubt and make the wrong choice. "When I wasn't swimming laps to impress Sheila, I was
back in our driveway practicing casts, and when I wasn't practicing casts, I was tying the line to Tosca, our springer spaniel, to test the reels drag, and when I wasn't doing any of those things, I was fishing the river for bass." "I think fishing's dumb," she said making a face. "I mean its boring and all. Definitely dumb." "what does, it that at that fragile moment in time I would have given anything not to appear dumb in Sheila's severe and unforgiving eyes." "There would be other Sheila Mants in my life, other fish, and though I came close once or twice, it was these secret, hidden tuggings in the night that claimed me, and I never made the same mistake again."