The Bass The bass is part of the conflict of this story. The author used conflict, narration, and resolution to show the importance of being true to oneself. The Narrator must decide between Sheila and The Bass. By reeling in the bass, he would be losing Sheila, but cutting it loose would make him lose the catch of his life. On their way there the boy set up his fishing rod when all of a sudden he felt a gigantic tug on the line. The Man who loved Levitown 1985 , which won The Drue Heinz Literature Prize the year of its publication, and Hyannis Boat and Other Stories 1989.
Like the narrator in the story I also tried to change who I was to be noticed. He finally decided to cut the line. Four, that Shelia Mant must not know. The author must have written this story off of personal experience. They took a canoe down the river into the city in order to listen to a folk band at the fair. What he does is not new to the human race.
This action will lead him to his biggest regret. Wetherell the narrator, an awkward fourteen year old boy whose love for both fishing and the girl next door will both be tested. Sheila tells him that she doesnt like fishing. The whole time he was rowing the canoe, he was debating whether or not he should catch the fish, or ignore it. He knew all of her moods and how she acted just by observing her on the lake.
At the beginning, the narrator is a character of much innocence and naivete, but as the story develops, he becomes more mature and sophisticated. At the beginning, the narrator is a character of much innocence and naïveté, but as the story develops, he becomes more mature and sophisticated. For his big date he shined up his boat and got it all ready to pick up Sheila. In hindsight, the narrator realizes this is the case when he reflects on how Sheila and fishing have affected his life separately. He without thinking puts the fishing pole in the boat and baits it, letting the line in the water.
The boy lies and says its just the current. A tug-of-war occurring within the narrator between, the bass that represents who the narrator really is and what he enjoys doing, while Sheila Mant represents love and concealment of what he really is. This story provides a direct example of how teenagers are able to overcome their obstacles and nerves. As the summer neared to an end, he found himself having more confidence and overcame his fear. On the canoe ride to the concert the narrator decides to bring a fishing rod and fish instead of focusing on his date.
His love for fishing and Sheila Mant is that of one who has never had to worry about the problems love can cause. She called me a kid. These symbolize the pleasures in life the narrator truly loves more than anything. The fishing rod becomes his true passion, the bass becomes his inward struggle of becoming more mature, and instead of being sophistication, Sheila becomes the symbol of what the narrator would later see as his childhood innocence. His curiosity grew stronger with his development of understanding her disposition from a distance as she lay on the float. Even so, letting the bass go was a sign that he was not yet to the point of being completely grown up, and that he still has some changing to do.
The narrator fished during the summer, when he wasn't trying to impress Sheila Mant with his swimming. Wetherell's lifelong avocation is fly-fishing, and he has three volumes on the subject: Upland Stream 1991 , Vermont River 1993 , and One More River 1998. This is a very important lesson about being true to yourself, and who you are. Nature Narrator's choice between Sheila and the bass: Man vs. He does anything he can to impress her, but she doesn't notice him. Her families multiple parties, though bothersome to his. On the way to the concert there was a largemouth bass flipping around in the water and Sheila mentioned that she thought fishing was dumb and a few seconds later, his line caught a fish.
And she asks are we going backwards. The only time she is approachable is when she is hugging her knees sitting on the raft. At age fourteen, it is typical for a boy such as the narrator to be beginning this transformation. I eventually realized that it wasn't worth making myself unhappy. As the story progresses, these love problems begin to identify themselves.
The narrator had finally gotten a chance to convince Sheila to go on a date with him, to a concert in Dixford on his canoe. The narrator tried to hide his love for fishing while I tried to change my clothing style. Sheila was flat and static because she had no change, she was basic all through the story. Sadly, he cut the line loose and gave up probably the biggest fish he had ever caught all for a girl that in the end, wasn't interested in him at all. Characters This story takes place on a river between the states of New Hampshire and Vermont. The boy swims up and down the river, but he is not the only one that is trying to impress Shelia. Listening to yourself is better than changing for others because even if they do change will they be satisfied? The canoe ride is an example of how the narrator is having trouble both impressing Shelia and being true to his heart.
In the end someone will just be disappointed for putting on a act that they couldn't pull off. I learned that if someone doesn't like me for who I am to begin with then there is no point in changing myself to make them like me. The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant Setting Plot At the beginning, the narrator sees Sheila Mant and immediately he develops a crush on her. She hopped in the canoe and he started to paddle. Wetherall, a boy acts like someone he's not to impress a girl. Several have been selected for inclusion in the annual O.