The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant
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  • Exposition: On a river in Vermont during the summer in the 60's or 70's.
  • Rising Action: Narrator asks Sheila out and she says yes.
  • Do you have a car?
  • Ok
  • Do you want to go see band in Dixford tomorrow?
  • We'll go by canoe
  • Rising Action: The narrator and Sheila are on their way to the concert. Sheila is talking about her self and not noticing the battle between the narrator and bass.
  • I am only talking about myself!
  • Inciting Incident: The narrator sees beautiful, older girl and falls in love. 
  • Climax: The climax is when the narrator decides to cut the bass loose.
  • Point of View: The point of view is first person participant. In the story the narrarator is the boy he is talking about. Tone: the tone starts out excited and hopeful then it goes to regretful.
  • Falling Action: Sheila dumps the narrator for Eric.
  • Conflict: The internal conflict is whether the narrator should reel in the biggest bass he has ever seen, or if he should spend more time with Sheila.
  • Resolution: The narrator decides to not make the same mistake twice, pursuing short-term passions over long-term passions.
  • I will never choose short term passions over long term ones.
  • Main Characters: The narrator is round and dynamic because he regretted his choice and showed diverse emotions. Sheila was flat and static because she had no change, she was basic all through the story.
  • Symbolism: The bass symbolizes opportunities in life that you miss and won't be able to take again. However, Sheila Mant symbolizes temptations that lead you away from your long-term passions
  • Ouch... She called me a kid.
  • I'm going home with Eric. You're a funny kid.
  • Theme: The theme of the story is don't give up long-term passions for short-term passions. You may regret it later.
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