Socratic Seminar Persuasive Essay
9 CP English
1 November 2011
There are many times in life where you may make the wrong decision. Perhaps stalk a girl you really like. However, she may show obvious signs that she’s not that interested in you. In “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” the narrator had been very naive, stalker-like, and indecisive.
The narrator in the story was very naive. He is naive because he believed that a girl three years older than him would like him. This would be bad because they would have different hobbies. On (pg 4 Wetherell) it states that Sheila had parties, played softball and constantly came and went from the cottage her family rented on the river. While on (pg 5 Wetherell) the narrator swam, fished and polished his canoe in his spare time.
Futhermore, the narrator was also very indecisive. He is this way because on (pg 10 Wetherell) he cut the line that was connected to his dream fish to keep his “dream” girl that wasn’t really that interested in him. She proves this by saying on (pg 8 Wetherell) “Eric said I have the figure of a model, but I thought I should get an education first. I mean, it might be a while before I get started and all.” All she did the entire boat ride was talk about herself and didn’t even notice the narrator was there. He was basically just someone sitting there that she could blab to.
However, some people may disagree and say that the narrator was just a boy who made a mistake. And on (pg 10 Wetherell) he states that “there would be other Sheila Mants in my life, other fish, and though I came close once or twice, it was these secret, hidden tuggings in the night that claimed me, and I never made the same mistake again.” Which states that he had learned his lesson and would never make the same mistake twice.
Although, he should’ve taken the hint that she wasn’t into him. Sheila also hinted in the statement on (pg 10 Wetherell) that had interests in another guy than the narrator.
The narrator in the story was also really stalker-like. I believe he’s stalker-like because on (pg 4 Wetherell) he says that after his parents had gone to bed, he would sneak out of the house and go to Sheila’s hedges and hide there to watch her parties through the window. He watched everything Sheila did on the lake. He even memorized what “mood” she’s in, just by looking at her body language. On (pg 4 Wetherell) the narrator states “she would spend her days sunbathing on a float my Uncle Sierbert had moored in their cove, and before July was over I had learned all her moods.” After that sentence, he starts going into detail on how her body may look if she were pensive, observant or just looking at suitors in a queenly yet severe manner.
Therefore, that is why I believe that the narrator in “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” was very naïve, indecisive and very stalker-like.
I have credibility for this essay because I read the story. I also have many details that can be proven correct in the story.
Wetherell, W. D. "The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant" Pathways: Literature for Readers and Writers. Logan, IO: Perfection Learning, 2008. 4-10. Print.