Montana 1948 Film Analysis

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The question is not if justice will prevail, it’s when will it prevail. In the book Montana 1948 we read about a family that has held the title sheriff of mercer county for many years, until one day everything changed. It was the day that they found out that Marie little soldier, their family babysitter, along with other Indian girls had been raped by the sheriff’s brother Frank Hayden. After facing many moral trials, Franks sins ultimately led to his death and the breakup of the once glorified Hayden family. Along with the book Montana 1948 is the movie True Grit. True Grit tells the story of how a young girl set on avenging her father’s death and a U.S Marshall embark on a dangerous adventure full of violence, justice, and heartache. In the …show more content…
“David, I believe that in this world people must pay for their crimes. It doesn’t matter who you are or who your relations are; if you do wrong you pay…But that doesn’t mean the sun’s going to shine (Watson, 150).” It didn’t matter that Frank Hayden was Wesley Hayden’s brother, he committed a crime and needed to pay. “He is in the basement. Goddamn it! Don’t you get it – I’ve arrested him (Watson, 101).” Frank Hayden ended up committing suicide in their basement, Wesley and David found him. Wesley and his family were blamed for Frank’s death by the rest of the Hayden family. Grandpa Hayden never talked to them again and eventually died of a heart attack. By holding Frank in the basement, they faced others trying to break in, sleepless nights, and family loss. It was a major sacrifice that the family made to bring justice to Marie Little Soldier. If it was not for Wesley, David would not have learned that it doesn’t matter who a person is or the sacrifices it takes, justice should always be …show more content…
“You must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothin’ free, except the grace of god (True Grit).” Tom Chaney killed Mattie’s father and paid for it with his life. After killing Tom Chaney, Mattie was bitten by a snake. Trying to save Mattie’s arm, Rooster Cogburn pushed little blackie to death. “By the time we reached bagby’s door my hand had turned black, I was not awake but I lost the arm (True Grit).” Mattie ultimately paid for Tom Chaney’s death with her arm and little blackie’s life. Killing Tom Chaney taught her about the sacrifices it takes to give

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