Study Guide

True Grit Characters

Mattie Ross

Y'all, being fourteen is hard. You're only a year into this teenage gig, you've probably got some...

Rueben "Rooster" Cogburn

Rooster is a deputy marshal for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. May...

LaBoeuf

LaBoeuf (pronounced "LaBeef) is a Texas Ranger and the third member of the trio hunting Tom...

Frank Ross

Frank Ross is Mattie's father, but he seems to exist in the novel as a plot device more than a...

Mattie's Mother

We never meet Mattie's mother, but we get some hints about her. Compared to Mattie, she may seem...

Tom Chaney

Tom Chaney, a.k.a. Theron Chelmsford, murders Frank Ross, Mattie's father, when Frank tries from...

Ned Pepper

If Chaney is nasty, then Ned Pepper is just pure evil, like a little glimpse into what Chaney...