October 16, 2013
In the story The Bass, The river, and Sheila Mant by W. D. Wetherell the narrator, an awkward fourteen year old boy whose love for both fishing and the girl next door will both be tested. On land he is a typical teen with a crush on a beauty out of his league, when it comes to being in the water the boy has more confidence than the average male model. Although he is comfortable in the water, it is in the canoe where he makes his biggest mistake. In the start of the story, the narrator begins with explaining his daily routine that revolves around the river. Day by day he goes on by trying to show off in front of Sheila, who he has a crush on. “And to win her attention would do endless laps between my house and the Vermont shore, hoping she would notice the beauty of my flutter kick, the power of my crawl.” With this fixation on Sheila the boy finally decides to ask her out on a date. They took a canoe down the river into the city in order to listen to a folk band at the fair. On their way to the fair the narrator comes across a huge bass in the river that catches hold of his line. Here is where we see the drastic change in the boy’s feelings toward Sheila, and to where he comes to the conclusion of the importance in catching this bass.
One of the major elements of this story is the river. The narrator is in the river every day in order to catch Shelia’s eye. He studies her constantly so that he knows her emotions just by the way she is positioned. The only time she is approachable is when she is hugging her knees sitting on the raft. The boy swims up and down the river, but he is not the only one that is trying to impress Shelia. Older boys that are part of the crew team also try to get her attention but she remains aloof. The reader then realizes the importance of the river in the story. The entire story is centered on river. When the narrator decided to ask Sheila out, he walks to her house and watches her nervously. On land...
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