True Grit: Mattie Ross on a Hero's Journey

Topics: English-language films, Snake, Fear Pages: 3 (839 words) Published: May 19, 2014
Isaias Ortiz
English 090T
Mr. Peters
5 may 2014
In true grit, the character of Mattie Ross goes on a hero’ journey learns that “eye for an eye” means that if something is to done to you is to get revenge on that person that’s has done you wrong. Mattie’s goes through hero’s journey when she hears about her father’s death. The first part of the separation in the hero’s journey is the call. The call Mattie is an invitation, “into the adventure, offers her the opportunity to face the unknown and gain something of physical or spiritual value” (Harris and Thompson 50). This means that her journey starts when she starts off saying “I was only fourteen years when a man by the named of Tom Chaney shot my father down and robbed him of his life, and his horse, and two California gold pieces he carried in his trouser band. (1). The next separation of Mattie’s separation is the threshold…the initiates enters the unknown, a different world full of danger and challenge’s” (Harris and Thompson 50). The threshold starts when Mattie send her mother letter saying that, “I am about to embark on a great adventure. I have learned that Tom Chaney has fled into the wild and I shall assist the authorities in the pursuit….I am off for the Choctaw Nation” (36). This means that she is telling her mother that she is going on a journey to avenge her father’s death, that’s when “she urges the horse, at a gallop, into the river….Little Blackie’s head dips as he finds his feet again….The horse and Mattie emerge fully from the river, dripping…A silent standoff as Little Blackie breathes heavily” (38-39). Now Mattie has now completed the separation from her known world to the unknown world where the initiation continues. The second steps are the challenges that the initiate’s takes on “the voyage can be outward into a physical unknown or inward to a psychological unknown….whichever direction the voyage takes, as the initiate goes deeper into the unknown, she puts herself more and more at...
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