After reading “Mermaid Fever,” the statement that I think this essay makes about societal attitudes is that people will react and behave very strangely to anything that is out of the ordinary. The narrator bases his essay on a public beach, located in a small town in Connecticut, and out of the blue, this teenage girl’s body was washed up under the tide line one summer night. After extensive scientific tests and examinations on the body, the news finally broke out that the girl was a mermaid. The girl was soon transferred to a local museum in town where she would be put on a glass display that will be open to the public. This news brought the whole city together, and people waited in line for hours just to observe this fond discovery.
Braydon Gaspar Mrs. Harnett English 1, Period 4 September 19, 2016 The Power of Choice in The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant In the story "The Bass, the River and Sheila Mant" by W.D. Wetherall, the narrator acts like someone he 's not to impress a girl. The narrator had been waiting the whole summer to ask out Sheila Mant. Every day he observes her moods and her actions on the lake. When he finally got the guts to ask her out she, said "yes" and they went to a concert.
Boys were never told not to play with the girls, in fact, they would also help out around the house and clean dishes after a meal. Feminism was never really an issue. I remember waking up every Saturday morning to go to the river with my friends. At the river, I could smell the fresh air coming from the East. The view was breathtaking, there was a giant waterfall we used to jump from.
The setting is also there to describe the state of her mind which can be seen in the beginning of the story by this quote: “Three weeks of windless sun weigh down on the fields: nothing moves except the water, slow, steady, a slick of olive green pouring away from her.” This quote is an indication of the state of her mind in the beginning of the story, where everything just is so static in her life with the routines and overload of work. The second setting is the river where she goes to swim. At the second setting, which is described as cold, she feels more relaxed and peaceful. Here she has the chance to forget her normal boring life and all the things she fears. At this setting she sees the swan and connects with it at the end.
In the second half of the novel, “Moonlight Shadow”, the theme of death and loneliness continues. For example, Satsuki jogged to the river where she and Hitoshi hung out, when she meets a woman named Urara. Urara tells Satsuki to come back to the river on a certain day because she will have “a vision...something that happens only once every hundred years or so.” On the appointed day, Satsuki returned to the river and witnessed an unbelievable vision: “There was HItoshi. Across the river, if this wasn’t a dream, and I wasn’t crazy, the figure facing me was Hitoshi. Separated from him by the water…” The river separating them has a symbolic meaning behind it.
We stay ready and vigilant, trying to stay stationary throughout the race. This year the weather and sea state was good, allowing more swimmers to make it to the finish line at Hemingway’s Restaurant on the eastern shore. We were needed by two swimmers this year. They all seem to come aboard with disappointment and resignation and we bring water and a towel and whatever else we have to offer them. Finding a place to sit, they settle in to wait for the end of the race, when our boat won’t be needed on the water anymore and we can take them to the marina where their supporters wait to console and offer solace to them.
Sandusky Rumble: June 29th 2013, a day I’ll always remember. It was a day quite like no other. 99 degrees, 80% humidity. Now you may think I’m describing Phoenix Arizona, think again. For Sandusky Ohio, it was the hottest day recorded in the past ten years.
This little cub is called Coootchobee. It stays with her a little while, but as it is wild, runs off into the Everglades without saying a word. Soon after Billie sees a snook (a type of fish) she asks Petang to interpret what the snook was saying. At first the otter didn’t answer her, instead it splashed in the water. Billie now realized that he was actually communicating and exclaimed “Petang… you answered me.
An example of this neglect positively affecting Jeannette is when Rex taught Jeannette how to swim by letting her struggle until she was close to drowning. “... you can't cling to the side your whole life, that one lesson every parent needs to teach a child is. "If you don't want to sink, you better figure out how to swim.” (Walls 66) This unusual approach to parenting positively affected Jeannette because it forced her to face her fears and become