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The Smart Bass
Have you ever gone fishing? Have you ever caught a bass? Did you ever catch a fish and wonder how smart it really is? The fish in, “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant”, by W.D.Wetherell, was really intelligent. The fish in the story is intelligent because he could pull the boat and missed the rocks at the bottom of the river.
The first reason the fish is intelligent is because he made the boat turn when he tried to break free. The fish couldn’t be small or have ordinary brain knowledge because he pulls the boat with the fishing wire without breaking it. In the story it said that Shelia asked, “Are we moving backwards?” (Wetherell 10-11). In fact they were moving backwards. Only a wise fish could figure out how to do that.
Although most fishermen could say fish try and break free all the time. They do by breaking the line. The fish in this story actually pulled a small boat. However, since most fish break the line this fish evened out the pressure on the line, which only a smart fish could know how to do.
One more example of how the fish was smart was how it missed the rocks at the bottom of the river. If the fish were ordinary then it could have easily hit the rocks. Only a wise fish could pull, try and break free, and miss the rocks at the same time. Also, with how fast the current was, an ordinary fish wouldn’t be able to think as fast as this fish to miss the rocks. It even said the narrator couldn’t believe it. He thinks, “The fish actually missed the rock which proves that it was old and knew the river” (Wetherell 11). The bass
Those are two reasons the fish from the story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” was very intelligent. The first way the fish was smart was that it could pull the boat without breaking the line. The second way the fish was smart was that it could miss the rocks at the bottom of the river and swim in the deepest part of the river. The fish kept trying and trying until he finally got away. When he did, the narrator swore that he would never chose a girl over a big beautiful, and wise, bass again. The bass could be known as the greatest and smartest character in this 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.
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