True Grit Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Charles Portis
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Essay Topic 1

Define and analyze the narrative style of True Grit. Is the story related in past, present, or future tense? Who is the narrator? Why do you think the narrator chose this point of view? How would the story differ if the narrative style changed?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the character of Mattie Ross as the protagonist of the novel. How old is Mattie when she is retelling the story? How old is Mattie within the story? What characteristics make Mattie stand out as a protagonist?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the language style and dialect in True Grit. How do you relate to the style of speech of the characters? Do you feel this style of dialect realistically reflects the time and place of the story? How?

Essay Topic 4

Describe and discuss the setting of True Grit. When and where does Mattie’s story take place? What...

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