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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 mans 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 girls quest with two other men to get revenge for her fathers 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 fathers 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
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