If you were a boy who loved fishing and wanted to be with a breath-taking girl who hated fishing; would you choose the girl or the fish? Would you choose the fish who won’t ever leave or the girl who could leave in the blink of an eye? Would you choose the spoiled girl or the fish that’s the biggest one you’ve ever hooked? Shelia Mant and the boy named Narrator are opposites. Shelia Mant is spoiled and doesn’t exactly care what other people think; while on the other hand Narrator isn’t spoiled, but chares what other people think.
First, Shelia Mant is spoiled and she knows it. She’s the type of girl who brags about what she has. For example, in the story she goes on bragging saying, “I went to a party there. These fraternity men. Katherine says I could even get in there if I wanted to. I’m thinking more of UVM or Bennington. Somewhere I can ski” (8). Then she kind of just throws out the fact that Eric said, “I have the figure to model, but I thought I should get an education first” (8). Then she goes on saying, “I was thinking of getting my hair styled more swept back? I mean Ann Margret? Like hers, only shorter” (8). She seems like she’s self-centered and only cares if things have to do with her. It also seems like she almost throws around money that isn’t ever hers.
On the other hand for the opposite opinion I could see how people may think she isn’t spoiled. She could’ve just been trying to give Narrator seeing how it’s their first date. Maybe she was just trying to be talkative to her date and tell him what other people think about her. Possibly he’d agree. Instead of talking about herself; what she could’ve done was talk to her date and ask him things to start a conversation.
Like wise, Narrator isn’t spoiled because he likes to fish and has all the things he wants to fish. His problem is that he cares about what other people think. It makes him a person that has his own mind and makes his own decisions, but when it comes to Shelia Mant it’s like he doesn’t have a brain at all. For instance, when he said, “Four things occurred to me at once. One, that it was a bass. Two, that it was a big bass. Three, that it was the biggest bass I had ever hooked. Four, that Shelia Mant must not know” (5). In this situation he needs to do what he wants to do. If he wants to go for the bass then he should go for it. Just because a girl doesn’t like it doesn’t mean you have to change too. This part of the story also goes with him not needing to care what Shelia Mant or anyone else things. She said, “I think fishing’s dumb. I mean it’s boring and all. Definitely dumb” (5). He likes it; so he should continue doing what he likes to do.
In other words, by reading my essay can you see why I believe that Shelia Mant is spoiled and doesn’t exactly care what people think; but narrator isn’t spoiled, but does care what other people think. If I were Narrator I would’ve picked the fish; which one would you have picked?
Wetherell, W. D. "The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant" Pathways: Literature for Readers and Writers. Logan, IO: Perfection Learning, 2008. 4-10. Print.