True Grit Vs Old Man And The S Essay

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True Grit Vs Old Man And The S


Comparative Essay Between The Old Man and the Sea and True Grit

The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, a simply written novel of an old man's
singular struggle, while trying to catch a fish, against forces of the sea overpowering
him and True Grit, by Charles Portis, a gripping western, placing you in the middle of the
action during a girl's quest with two other men to get revenge for her father's murder,
are two works united in several ways. Many similarities throughout both works appeared
evident. Plot, theme, and characterization categorize those similarities.

First of all, in plot, the works share the same event progression. An early start, a
determined drive, a final showdown, and an attempt to continue the achievement. The
intentions were to simply accomplish no matter what the circumstance. The Old Man set out
early in the morning as indicated here, '…he began to row out of the harbour in the
dark.'; In True Grit, Mattie, a girl bent on avenging her father's death, Rooster, a
federal marshal, and LaBoeuf, a Texas Ranger, set off when, 'It was still dark outside and
bitter cold although mercifully there was little wind.'; The dedication involved in the
characters' pursuits becomes more evident later on. 'He is a great fish,'; the old man
told himself, 'and I must convince him not to learn his strength…'; As it was also
with the Mattie from True Grit. 'I knew both of them (Rooster and LaBoeuf) were waiting
for me to complain or say something that would make me out to be a 'tenderfoot.' I was
determined not to give them anything to chaff me about.'; Her intents were not purely
superficial though. Her anger toward '… a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney,';
was a key factor in driving her to achieve her purpose. Finally, after toiling with the
fish, the Old Man, '…took all his pain and what was left of his strength and his
long gone pride and he put it against the fish's agony,'; in his last bout with the great
fish. The same sort of event occurs at the same point in the story line in True Grit.
'Rooster said, 'Fill your hand you son of a bitch!' and he took the reins in his teeth and
pulled the other saddle revolver and drove his spurs into the flanks of his strong horse
Bo and charged directly at the bandits.'; This courage shows in Mattie also. Taking on a
grown man she, '…sent a lead ball of justice, too long delayed, into the criminal
head of Tom Chaney.'; The Old Man caught his fish, as did Mattie, but it did not come
without a price. The Old Man's prize became preyed upon by many sharks, proceeding his
capture of the great fish, attracted by the blood of the kill. The Old Man fought
desperately with the sharks even using a broken stick, a piece of the tiller, clubbing
them in the head, fighting desperately to preserve his triumph. This was also the case
with Mattie and Rooster. The shot, which she had so anticipated, was almost her killer,
sending her a large where she was bitten by a rattler. After being pulled out of the pit
by a shot up Rooster, Mattie was hurriedly carried off in a desperate attempt to save her
life, to prolong her own achievement.

Another likeness, beyond plot, develops in characterization, between the Old Man and
Rooster. Both of the examples were of men who had very little. The Old Man was quite poor
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