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“The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant”. By W. D. Wetherell. SETTING. Summer New England Town River Provides the backdrop for the story to take place. CONFLICT. Physical : the narrator struggles with the bass

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SETTING

  • Summer
  • New England Town
  • River
  • Provides the backdrop for the story to take place
conflict
CONFLICT
  • Physical: the narrator struggles with the bass
  • Internal: the narrator struggles between his desire to catch the biggest bass in his life and his desire to impress Sheila
characters
CHARACTERS
  • Narrator: 14 yrs. old at the story’s beginning, loved fishing for largemouth bass, has a crush on Sheila Mant, spends his time trying to get up enough courage to ask Sheila for a date
  • Sheila Mant: 17 yrs. old, family is renting the cottage next to his family’s, doesn’t know the narrator exists, talks constantly of older college boys, upper class
characterization methods
Characterization Methods

Narrator’s actions

Narrator’s thoughts

Speech of both characters

Physical appearance of Sheila

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PLOT
  • BASIC SITUATION (Exposition)
    • Describes the setting and narrator’s obsession with Sheila (Introduces the internal conflict)
    • Describes Sheila and her suitors
    • Asks Sheila to a dance
    • Takes his canoe and fishing rod
  • COMPLICATIONS (Rising Action)
    • Narrator desperately tries to conceal the rod with the big bass as Sheila chatters away, having absolutely no idea what is going on
plot cont
PLOT (cont.)
  • CLIMAX
    • The narrator cuts the line
  • FALLING ACTION
    • Sheila rides home with a college boy
  • DENOUEMENT
      • Older, reflective narrator says it was a hard choice and a mistake he has never repeated.
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CONFLICT
  • INTERNAL
    • Narrator struggles with his courage to ask Sheila to the dance
    • He struggles between his desire to catch the bass and his desire for Sheila
  • ELEMENTAL (External)
    • Narrator’s physical struggle with the bass
    • Narrator’s verbal struggle to keep Sheila ignorant of the bass
point of view
POINT OF VIEW
  • First Person Narrator
    • The story is told through the thoughts, feelings, and remembrances of an adult main character.
theme
THEME
  • All the concern about hiding something to prevent someone from looking at him in a negative way
  • Teenagers’ conflict between being true to themselves and trying to be attractive to others
other elements
OTHER ELEMENTS
  • Dramatic Irony – when the reader is aware of something that one of the characters in the story is not
  • Page 39, col. A, par. 1