The Catabasis of Mattie Ross in the Coens' True Grit

  title={The Catabasis of Mattie Ross in the Coens' True Grit},
  author={J. Fletcher},
  journal={Classical World},
  • J. Fletcher
  • Published 2013
  • Philosophy
  • Classical World
  • This paper argues that the Coen Brothers' 2010 version of True Grit makes innovations to the original novel by Charles Por- tis that evoke the Greek myth of the descent to the underworld, or catabasis. Mattie Ross, a fourteen-year-old girl on mission to fi her father's murderer, embarks on a quest that ends with her falling into a snake pit after she kills the culprit. The experience can be likened to a heroic quest, especially in the context of coming-of- age myth and ritual. I submit that… CONTINUE READING
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