Essay The Bass, The River, And Sheila Handmaids

1071 Words Aug 8th, 2014 5 Pages
In everyone’s life, there comes a time where you have to a make a choice and the decision you make could haunt you for the rest of your life. In, “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant”, by W.D. Wetherell, the narrator does just that. The narrator, a teenage boy, has a crush on Shelia Mant, an older girl, and asks her on a date. On the way, the narrator finds out that Sheila thinks fishing is dumb, so he hides the fact that he has his fishing rod with a bass caught on the line. He must choose between Sheila and the bass, and ends up choosing Sheila over the bass, which is a mistake he regrets later. A careful analysis of, “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant”, reveals the external conflict of the narrator and furthermore exhibits the main points of a quintessential storyline: the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
To begin with, the beginning of every storyline is the exposition. Exposition is a written tool used to establish background details about settings, characters, events, conflicts etc. to the spectators or readers. The exposition in, “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant” is located primarily in lines one through eighteen. The setting is placed in the summertime on a quiet river in New England. It is revealed that the narrator is a fourteen year-old boy who is falling for Sheila Mant, a seventeen year old girl who is staying next door. The mood starts upbeat and festive, but changes later in the story. Lines one and two…

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