“The Bass, the River and Sheila Mant”
Imagine having to choose between something that means the world to you, and someone you like. In the story, “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant,”the narrator has a crush on a beautiful girl named Sheila Mant. They go on a date and she is a jerk to him. Sheila Mant is a spoiled girl, she fits the stereotype of a typical blonde, and there is only one reason she couldn’t fit this stereotype.
Sheila Mant is a very spoiled girl. In the story she and the narrator were going on a date and traveling by canoe when Sheila says, “Look, I can get Dads car.”( W.D. Wetherell p.6) By saying this she is implying that she gets anything she wants, because she can use her dad’s car. Also another reason she is spoiled is because she goes skiing all over the country with her family on vacation. The last reason she is spoiled is because she told the narrator that she could go to college wherever she pleased. She is telling the narrator that money isn’t an issue in their family and she gets whatever she wants. This is how Sheila Mant is a spoiled girl.
Also, Sheila Mant fits the stereotype of a typical blonde. The stereotype of a typical blonde is self-absorbed, materialistic and snotty. She only talks about herself. For example, in the story the narrator and Sheila were talking and Sheila said, “I think fishing is dumb. I mean it’s boring and all definitely dumb.”( W.D. Wetherell p.7) This was rude of Sheila to say considering fishing means the world to the narrator. Another example of how Sheila is self-absorbed is when she and the narrator were on their way to their date she said “Eric said I have the figure to model, but I thought I should get an education first.” It was rude of her to talk about Eric while she was on a date with the narrator. She is materialistic because she ditched the narrator at the end of their date to ride home with Eric in “his Corvette” and this proves that she is materialistic. (W.D. Wetherell p10) Sheila Mant does fit the stereotype of a typical blonde.
One way Sheila Mant doesn’t fit the stereotype of a typical blonde is because she danced with the narrator a few times on their date before she ditched him for Eric. If she hadn’t had danced with him, she would fully fit the stereotype of a blonde, but because she danced with him, she doesn’t fully fit it. This is the one reason why Sheila Mant wouldn’t fit the stereotype of a blonde.
Sheila Mant is a spoiled girl because she gets to use her dad’s car, she can go skiing where ever and whenever she wants and she can go to college wherever she chooses. She fits the stereotype of a typical blonde because she is self-absorbed, materialistic and snotty. The one reason Sheila wouldn’t fit this stereotype is because she danced with the narrator. So what do you think; is Sheila Mant spoiled, and does she fit the stereotype of a typical blonde?
Wetherell, W. D. "The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant" Pathways: Literature for Readers and Writers. Logan, IO: Perfection Learning, 2008. 4-10. Print.