True Grit by Charles Portis

1551 Words Feb 17th, 2018 6 Pages
Portis chronicles the character and perception of a young woman stuck between traditional culture and modernity. In line with Mattie's perception of the world, readers cannot help but appreciate the significance of Biblical motifs, particularly the ‘vengeful’ style of punishing sin as evident in the delivery of justice by law enforcement officers in the late 1800s Oklahoma Indian Territory (Butler 386). Portis also enriches the work with deadpan satire in some of rather cruel scenes of murder and punishment of the perpetrators in the late nineteenth century society to enhance readability. This paper examines the accuracy in the depiction of law enforcement within the Oklahoma Indian territory in the late 1800's in the novel.
Chaotic community policing The kind of community policing and the justice system of the Indian Territory at the time draws several parallels to the sense of vengeance in the Portis’ novel. All throughout the novel, the quest for a community in dire need of social order is only met with an ineffective policing system where vengeance is the order of the day. As Butler (386) has stated, Mattie’s fury over the death of her father and her desire to avenge her father’s death in a silent manner clearly depicts the society’s loss of trust in the law enforcement agencies of the late 1800s Oklahoma Indian Territory. By contrast,…