True Grit Color Palette

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Arkansas Gold

This is the shade of the two gold pieces that Mattie’s father concealed in a pocket of his shirt. They hold a significance to Mattie because they were a piece of her father that was taken from her when he was murdered by Tom Chaney. Mattie eventually recovers one of the pieces, and hopes to recover the second when she finds Chaney. It is because of their role in the plot and their personal significance to Mattie that I selected this color to be included in the palette.

Saddlebag

This russet shade is named Saddlebag after the sacks that the three travelers carry with them on their horses. I picked this shade because it really exudes a wild-west vibe in its color and what it is representative of. I also like the symbol a saddlebag can be. It holds your belongings– some common and some precious– but to the average passerby it is just a bag. Mattie is just a girl, but once you delve deep into who she really is you see she has purpose, character, strength, and spunk.

Grit

I tried to assign a color to my definition of grit. Let me tell you, never has assigning a color to a noun been more difficult. Not only did I want this color to be truly encapsulating of all aspects of True Grit, I wanted it to be something that one could associate with Mattie. The deep burgundy is a color I imagine one digging deep for. It’s gutsy and it makes a statement, but without being flashy or overstated. It’s subtle yet powerful, and it has presence.

Rooster

Rooster Cogburn is old-world, tough, unyielding, cold but also compassionate, and also very noble in his own way. This rich and robust plum shade is perfectly expressive of all of those qualities.

Bullets & Spurs 

The shade is everything about the graphic parts of True Grit. It’s cold and realistic, much like the harsh realities such as death and loss that the characters face throughout the book. It’s the spurs that LaBeouf cruelly digs into the sides of his horses. It’s the bullet that killed Mattie’s father, and it’s the bullet that almost kills Tom Chaney. It’s killing, but it’s also the loneliness that is brought to the loved ones of those slain.

Bullets & Spurs 

The shade is everything about the graphic parts of True Grit. It’s cold and realistic, much like the harsh realities such as death and loss that the characters face throughout the book. It’s the spurs that LaBeouf cruelly digs into the sides of his horses. It’s the bullet that killed Mattie’s father, and it’s the bullet that almost kills Tom Chaney. It’s killing, but it’s also the loneliness that is brought to the loved ones of those slain.

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