Both “Catch the Moon” by Judith Ortiz Cofer and “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” by W.D. Wetherell are short stories with similar ideas and themes. Although the characters and plots differ slightly, the central themes are very similar. In “Catch the Moon”, the love of the main characters mother continues to strengthen him even after her death. In “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant”, the narrators love for fishing continues to give him strength after he loses the girl he thought he loved. In both short stories, love gives the main character strength.
In Cofer’s “Catch the Moon”, a teenage boy, Luis, who had been running with the entirely wrong crowd is let out of a juvenile hall on the simulation that he will labor for his father
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During Luis’s late night search for Naomi’s perfect hubcap he became closer to his father. He realized that doing “something that had a beginning, middle, and an end” (239) has a overpowering effect on people. He realized the reason why his father had been keeping so busy the past three years was because of his mother. Luis made a promise to lend a hand to his father more often; he even promised himself he would construct a display wall for his father’s junkyard, the same business he used to hate. The love Luis’s mother had for both Luis and his father became their strength even after she was gone; it just took Luis a longer time to realize this.
In Wetherell’s “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant,” the narrator also has an internal struggle in the beginning. Sheila Mant, the girl next door, becomes the narrator’s object of infatuation. He eventually gets the courage to ask her out to a local dance, and offers to take her there in his small fishing canoe. On the way, he discovers that Sheila is strongly against fishing; she considers it “definitely dumb.” Just then, his rod that he had cast habitually before picking her up, bends double: “The line, tightly coiled, [peels] off the spool with the shrill, tearing zip of a high-speed drill” (247). The narrator doesn’t want Sheila too think