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"The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant" By W. D. Wetherell
Transcript of "The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant" By W. D. Wetherell
Only take risks for the ones who honor you.
A fourteen year old boy has a huge crush on a girl. Her name was Sheila Mant. Through out the story he tries to get her attention all summer. The boy asks her to go to the fair with him as his date and although Sheila Mant doesn't seem to be interested she takes the offer. In the end, he loses her and also something very important to him.
"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." (Wetherell p.312)
character developing the theme
The literary device foreshadowing refers to the use of words or phrases and hints that set the stage for a story to unfold and give the reader a hint of something that is going to happen without revealing the story or spoiling the suspense.
"There was a summer in my life when the only creature that seemed lovelier to me than a largemouth bass was Sheila Mant" (Wetherell p.307)
Cited example of foreshadowing:
This is an example of
because it gives hints about what the story is going to be about such as the setting.
The boy is very attracted to Sheila Mant. Therefore he yearns for a good impression towards her. This boy was very stuck on that he was rarely willing to set free a big deal. This lead to a big mistake.
"Behind me, I could feel the strain of the bass, steadier now, growing weaker, and this was another tug on my heart, not just the bass but the beat of the river and the slant of the stars and the smell of the night, until finally it seemed I would be torn apart between longings, split in half...With a sick, nauseous feeling in my stomach, I saw the rod unbend."
To form a mental image
Cited example of visualizing
"I reached down for the rod, hesitated, looked up to where Sheila was stretching herself lazily toward the sky, her small breasts rising beneath the soft fabric of her dress, and the tug was too much for me, and quicker than it takes to write down, I pulled a penknife from my pocket and cut the line in half."
This is an example of
includes detail and motions occurring in the image being visualized.
The author created devotion in the story by using irony because the chain-reaction was very unexpected. Although the consequences were reasonably well-grounded.