The bass, the river, and sheila mont

The bass, the river, and sheila mont

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  • Exposition/Inciting Incident: The narrator (boy) is crushing on Sheila, a girl way out of his league, and is always watching her and her family play softball on their lawn. 
  • Rising action part one: The narrator asks Sheila on a date to a band concert in town.
  • "There's a band in Dixford tomorrow night at nine. Want to go?"
  • "We can go by canoe."
  • "You have a car?"
  • Rising Action Part two: The narrator (boy) hooks the biggest fish of his life, trying to conceal the fish, but he's starting to run into rocks and low water and makes the canoe unbalanced.
  • Now I know why she never comes down and fishes with me...
  • "I think fishing's dumb."
  • Setting: It took place around the 1960s, on a river, in the summertime, in Vermont/New Hampshire area
  • Climax: When the narrator cuts the fishing line and chooses Shelia (she hates fishing) instead of the bass.
  • Point of view/tone: The point of view of this story is first person participant because the narrator is using "I". The tone of the story is wanting or desperate because he wants Shelia. 
  • Falling Action: When Shelia and the narrator arrive at the concert, Shelia leaves to go meet Eric Caswell and leaves the narrator behind.
  • Conflict: Internal Conflict: Character (boy) vs Self; deciding if he should cut the fishing line or real it in External Conflict: Character vs nature (bass) vs river and narrator vs Sheila 
  • Resolution: The narrator resolves to never make the same mistake again by choosing something that lasts a little bit, over something that last a lifetime.
  • I wish I would have snagged that bass instead of that girl...
  • Main Characters:  Narrator-Round and Dynamic---passionate, obsessive The narrator changes in the story when Shelia leaves him to go see Eric Caswell  Sheila Mant- Flat and Static---lacks compassion, selfish She never really changes throughout because she acts selfish.
  • Symbolism:  The bass: Items or objects that we care for most (when the narrator cutts the line) Sheila Mant: Something that is temporary and doesn't last (When he regrets choosing Sheila over the bass)
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  • Theme: Don't sacrifice true passions or desires for fleeting desires  Ex: When the narrator sacrifices the biggest bass he has ever caught for Sheila, the girl he is crushing on.
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