The Bass The River And Sheila Mant Analysis

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In the stories that we read, many characters had to make hard choices. In the story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant”, the narrator had to make a choice between getting a girl and getting a once in a lifetime catch. In the story “Boys and Girls”, the girl had to choose between accepting the society’s view of a girl or her own definition of a girl. Making a choice that would change her future forever, the girl, once completely against anything feminine, made the harder choice by accepting society’s definition of a girl. Both making hard choices, the narrator in the story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” and the girl in the story “Boys and Girls” had character traits and personalities that contributed to their final decision. Both…show more content…
Being naïve, he would rather please a girl that didn’t like his interests and miss a lifetime opportunity than to show whom he truly was. Before their little date, the narrator showed his meticulousness by making sure that the canoe was well polished and that everything was ready. On their date, Sheila informed him that she absolutely detested fishing. The narrator did not object to her words and sat silently, but tried to keep the big bass on his fishing line a secret by making up excuses. The girl in “Boys and Girls” had similar character traits. Both the narrator and the girl questioned their identity and whether or not they were true to themselves. The narrator wondered if he should reveal to Sheila his undying love for fishing. The girl was conflicted because she wasn’t sure if she should accept society’s definition of a girl. Before the girl made her decision, she wanted to be accepted for what she does, even if it was male’s work. Males, in the story, have the responsibility of working outdoors. The girl enjoyed working outdoors over doing housework and chores. Whenever she knew her mother had something for her to do, she would run away from her mother and the house. It was evident that she did not

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