The Bass The River And Sheila Mant Analysis

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The theme from The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant is that one should never lie about their interests and passions to others. In the story, Sheila and the narrator are canoeing to their date at a concert. After Sheila says that she finds fishing boring (2), the boy pretends that he does not fish, even though he states that he “never went anywhere that summer without a fishing rod” (2). In addition, when faced with “hooking the biggest bass that [he] had ever hooked" (4), the narrator states that "Sheila Mant must not know" (4), even though fishing is clearly very important to him. Likewise, he only did this to make sure that he did not "appear dumb in Sheila's...eyes." He says that he was "...torn apart between [his] longings" (5) of

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