What is a theme statement for "The Bass, the River, and Shelia Mant"?

What is a theme statement for "The Bass, the River, and Shelia Mant"?

A theme statement for "The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant" would need to reflect the themes of growing up, regret, and romance. It could also examine the importance of good decision-making skills.

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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 decision-making. It is about a young man who takes a woman out for a date on a fishing boat. She is displeased with his choice of location and is unimpressed when he catches a huge bass. The narrator must then choose whether to reel the bass in and have a great fishing story or release it and have a chance with a pretty girl. The themes in this short story include fishing, coming of age, romance, and priorities.

With the advantages of hindsight, the narrator realizes that the memory of catching a huge bass—and the associated story that he would have had to tell—would have been far more significant than his memory of pleasing a girl who means nothing to him in the long run. This realization of regret needs to be reflected in your theme statement.

While his interest in Sheila was short-lived,...

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