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)
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.