Comparing First Dates In Sotto's Oranges And Wetherell's The Bass, The River, And Shelia Mant

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First Dates in Sotto's Oranges and Wetherell's The Bass, the River, and Shelia Mant

Everyone is born with innocence and they gradually gain experience through lessons learned in life; some people may gain more that others. Not all lessons in life are dramatic or negative, some may be subtle, positive, or even life altering; however, no matter how small or big, they do alter one's perspective on things and help them to gain experience, which will be with them forever. These experiences may be gained through love, war, or death, but in some way or another they have changed one's point of view. The works "Oranges", written by Gary Sotto, and "The Bass, the River, and Shelia Mant", written by W.D. Wetherell, both tell about a boys first love and his first date. First loves and first dates is something that can be related to by everyone, whether boy or girl. These two works show that the outcome of a first date may not be what one expected, but in the end something more may be learned.

In "The Bass, the River, and Shelia Mant", the speaker fell in love with a beautiful girl named Shelia Mant, which was the only thing that he loved more than fishing. He watched her everyday sunbathing on the dock. He watched her so much that he learned what mood she was in by the position she was laying. When the summer was almost over he got up enough nerve to ask her out. To his surprise she said yes. They went to see a band, however, since he was only fourteen they took a canoe. While rowing the canoe he had his fishing pole on the back, because he never left the house without it. Little did he know that Shelia thought fishing was dumb. So, during the entire canoe ride he is trying to hide the fishing pole, which is hanging off the back of the boat, when he sees the pole bend. The biggest bass he has ever seen is on the pole, however, he can not reel the fish in because he does not want Shelia to think he is stupid. He pulls the fish almost all the way down the river until he sees where he has to stop at. So, he cuts the line and lets the fish go. During their date, Shelia danced with him once or twice but she left with another guy. However, he is not upset that she left; he is upset about the fish. Wetherell states that, "There would be other Shelia 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" (196). So, he realizes not to change himself for someone to like him, because there would be other girls in the future.

The poem "Oranges" also deals with a boys first date and love. The speaker, who is only twelve, walked to the girl's house with his hands in his pockets holding two oranges. It was December and so...

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