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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

The best place to start when figuring out a theme statement for any story is to establish what the crux of the story is. This short bildungsroman seems to focus on regret and the importance of good...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2020 12:14 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

Sheila Mant is a seventeen-year-old girl who the narrator desperately wants to impress. They don't seem to have anything in common, though. In fact, they share starkly opposing personality traits....

Latest answer posted September 28, 2017 9:19 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

In W. D. Wetherell's “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant,” the narrator learns an important lesson about life. As a fourteen-year-old boy with his eye on an attractive, older teenage girl, the...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016 11:09 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

At one level, the central conflict in W.D. Wetherell’s short story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” seems to be between the narrator’s longing for Sheila and his longing for the bass....

Latest answer posted September 27, 2019 8:24 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

Sheila Mant has a very shallow character. The narrator first sees her at the river, where she is sunning herself and looking down upon everyone else. Even though he recognizes this, he still has...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2015 10:37 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

The primary characters of “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” are the unnamed narrator, Sheila Mant, and the bass that the narrator fails to catch. There are a few minor characters mentioned,...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2018 10:18 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

You might like to consider the way in which the story places the narrator in an impossible position where he has to make a choice between two things that he equally desires. The way in which his...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2011 2:08 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

When the narrator comes to pick up Sheila for their canoe-trip to Dixford, she only asks him about the type of band playing there after suggesting that they use her father's car for the trip. She...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2015 2:48 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

A simile is a literary device that compares two things using the words "like" or "as." Similes make writing more interesting because they help the reader create a more vivid picture of what the...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2015 4:55 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

In "The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant", the narrator asks out Sheila Mant, an older teenage girl on whom he has a massive crush. Because he isn't old enough to drive a car, he offers to "drive"...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2015 4:29 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

By the time they arrive at their destination, the narrator is so devastated by the sacrifice he has made in Sheila's behalf that he is not even fully aware of what his date does once they are...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2010 8:01 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

Sheila is essentially using the boy when she agrees to go out with him. She is a self-absorbed young lady, as is evidenced by the way she talks only about herself on the canoe ride to the dance,...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2010 7:42 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

What an interesting question! I believe that the title clearly expresses the narrator's priorities in order of importance, within the context of the story. The bass is obviously the most important...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2015 9:19 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

W. D. Wetherell's story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” is about an unnamed fourteen year-old-boy who is torn between two loves—fishing and the beautiful seventeen-year-old Sheila Mant....

Latest answer posted June 16, 2016 3:02 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

The rising action of the story begins when Sheila agrees to go with the narrator on his canoe to Dixford. He knows that this is his golden opportunity to impress her. Quite meticulously, he spends...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2017 1:17 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

In W. D. Wetherell's short story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” the narrator is a nameless fourteen-year-old boy who is smitten with a seventeen-year-old beauty named Sheila Mant. The story...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2016 2:37 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

Sheila mentions Eric Caswell in the story because although she is going to the dance with the narrator, it is Eric whom she is really interested in. The fact that she talks about Eric while she is...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2010 8:26 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

In "The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant," the narrator has equal desires to "obtain" a bass and the affections of Sheila Mant. When the narrator finally works up the nerve to ask Sheila to a...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2010 8:26 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

Sheila is a large part of the narrator's external conflict. Sheila doesn't like the water and she doesn't like fishing. The narrator loves both. He knows that engaging in his favorite...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019 10:05 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

The narrator seems to regret cutting the fishing line with which he had hooked the largest bass he'd ever known. He was just fourteen years old during that summer when "the only creature that...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2019 11:50 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

Let us remember that imagery is any verbal picture created by words that helps us to imagine the scene that is being described. The most effective examples of imagery are ones which appeal to as...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2011 9:46 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

The unnamed narrator is the story's main character, or protagonist. He is a boy of fourteen who lives (at least for the summer) next to the Mant family, who have rented the cottage nearest his...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019 7:25 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

“The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant,” a short story by W. D. Wetherell, opens with a description of the setting. The story is set along the Connecticut river in New Hampshire near Dartmouth...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2018 7:36 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

The narrator is willing to sacrifice truthfulness, and the monstrous bass he has on the line, because of his youthful crush on Sheila Mant. The very first line of the story states, "There was a...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2015 4:10 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

The narrator of "The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant" is a 14-year-old boy who has a major crush on his neighbor, the Sheila of the title, who is 16. He asks her out on a date. He also very much...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019 6:08 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

In the story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant,” the narrator has a crush on his beautiful neighbor, Sheila Mant. The narrator is fourteen years old, while Sheila is seventeen. He spends a lot...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2018 12:12 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

In the short story, "The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant," the young narrator clearly values the river. It is where he participates in his favorite hobby of fishing and sees the girl that captures...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019 7:08 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

In “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant,” the narrator is a fourteen-year-old boy who develops an intense crush on his neighbor Sheila. He spends a large part of the summer attempting to catch her...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 2:50 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

Definitely not. We can see that the attraction the narrator has for Sheila Mant lies primarily in the spell she casts over him, the way that she is associated with beauty, parties, and popularity....

Latest answer posted March 2, 2011 6:29 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

The boy gives up the chance to catch "the biggest bass (he) had ever hooked" for Sheila Mant. The bass is so huge that it is able "to draw a fully loaded canoe backward - the thought of it (makes...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2010 8:48 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

Suspense is when an author creates a feeling of excitement or uncertainty in the reader. Authors use suspense to get readers interested in what is happening in the story and to keep them...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2015 1:35 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

One can identity several different moods in “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant,” depending on which of the narrator’s perspectives one considers. The narrator is writing as his adult self...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019 8:58 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

W. D Wetherell's story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” is about two teenagers who meet during one summer vacation. This kind of story is often called a “coming of age” story, (in literary...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016 10:36 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

The narrator succinctly informs us, the readers, about his nature in the final paragraph of this charming tale: Funny. Different. Dreamy. Odd. How many times was I to hear that in the years to...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2015 3:47 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

W. D. Wetherell's short story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” is about a fourteen-year-old torn between two desires: his love of fishing and the allure of the beautiful but unattainable...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2016 1:26 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

“The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant" by W. D. Wetherell is a short story about a fourteen-year-old boy (the narrator) who has fallen in love with his seventeen-year-old summer neighbor, Sheila...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2019 2:40 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

In W. D. Wetherell’s short story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant,” we encounter a fourteen-year-old male narrator who, fully inflamed with the onset of puberty, is smitten with the beautiful...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016 6:00 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

In "The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant," the narrator is a young fourteen-year-old boy that develops a crush on Sheila Mant. Sheila's family is spending the summer in a cottage at the same lake...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018 9:09 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

The juxtaposition between Sheila and the bass shows the narrator's divided focus, which heightens the suspense because the reader can't be sure whether he'll choose to please Sheila or catch the...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019 2:23 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

“The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” is a coming-of-age story by W. D. Wetherell. In the story, an unnamed fourteen-year-old narrator is smitten with a crush on the beautiful seventeen-year-old...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2016 12:15 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

In order to figure out what the falling action is, it is helpful to identify the story's main conflict and climax. While it is tempting to suggest that the conflict is between the story's narrator...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2021 5:27 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

It is clear that one of the most important settings is the house of the Mants, which is described in the first paragraph of the story, and is presented as something of a magical place to the young,...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2013 7:41 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

In the story's first paragraph, W. D. Wetherell's narrator tell us that the story's action likely takes place in the summer and in the past. The narrator mentions his belief that a fish, the...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2019 1:44 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

We learn the age of our protagonist in the first lines of the story. Our nameless narrator is a boy who must make his choice between a pretty girl and the fishing story of a lifetime. He is...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2020 3:20 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

There are a number of reasons why the narrator takes his date out on a canoe. First and foremost, at fourteen years old, he's too young to drive. Even if he had access to a car he wouldn't be able...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2020 11:32 am UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

To write from Sheila's point-of-view, consider what she saw and heard. Imagine that you're Sheila and experiencing the story from that position. At the beginning of the story, for example, you find...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019 10:43 pm UTC

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The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

The protagonist of the story, an adolescent boy who is absolutely smitten with an older neighbor girl called Shelia Mant, gets the chance to take her to a party after a long summer of hoping for...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2019 10:51 am UTC

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