True Grit

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Jon Taylor
Mr. Thomas
05/02/13
True Grit Questions
Question 1
Mattie’s world revolves around her conception of what “true grit” is. She has an idea graven into her mind that grit is dead-set fearlessness. Based on this notion, she sets off to revenge her father’s death. Mattie is a cold sort of character. She visualizes grit as undaunted courage, but her version is also extreme. She doesn’t back away from a fight, no matter who it is with. Mattie’s idea of true grit is hardness, the idea that no form of weakness, emotionality included, should get in the way. When she takes off on her revenge mission, she does so by thinking she is the only one in the world with such grit. “People do not give it credence that a 14 year old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her fathers blood…” (p. 11) This quote is the opening line in the book and it becomes apparent to the reader that Mattie looks down on anyone who shows fear, seeing him or her as cowards, incapable of having “true grit.” The one thing that Mattie’s inexperience and age realize is grit comes in different forms. True grit is also visible when a person goes through with something, knowing from the start the he or she will not win.

Question 2

I agree with her mindset of an "eye for an eye" because she is living in a time of transition where sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands in order for anything to happen. The country was not quite stabilized yet, land territories were still a bit of a mess for the government as noted in the book when Tom got away. I think her methods reflect who she is as a person. She has the relentless stubbornness where she will not stop until her goal is achieved and in that sense her methods are sound.

Her religious upbringing is quite strong as she cites several Bible passages. On page 40 of the paperback when she watches the prison wagon unload the convicts she makes the statement, "They had ridden teh "hoot-owl trail" and...
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