Character is Called to be a Hero in Charles Portis' novel True Grit

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Umberto Eco once stated in his essay “Why Are They Laughing in Those Cages?” “The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everyone else.” Mattie Ross does not become a hero just because she wants to become a hero, she has a call. That call creates a goal she wants to achieve and she becomes the hero of this novel because of this. She will not have a goal if her call to adventure does not occur. A quest story always contains a hero, a wise old man, and a guide. In Charles Portis novel True Grit, he demonstrates exactly that. Mattie Ross comes forth as the hero of his novel. Rooster Cogburn assists her by taking on the role of the wise old man. LaBoeuf appears in this novel as the guide. Mattie, Rooster and LaBouef all fit into the roles of these characters in a quest story. Mattie Ross clearly portrays the hero of a quest novel. To begin, a hero gets a call that leads them into their journey. The call happens as the basis for the task they wish to achieve. They tend to get the call which bases their entire adventure, and allows the character to become a hero. Mattie receives a call for adventure when hearing the news that Tom Chaney killed her father, Frank Ross. After hearing about her father’s death, Mattie will stop at nothing to get revenge on his killer. Not many people know Mattie’s father, so, Tom Chaney does not have a group of Marshals after him immediately. Mattie claims that her father “was just trying to do that short

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