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What does 'Heroes' have to say about the nature of heroes, and how does the writer present heroes in the novel.

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What does 'Heroes' have to say about the nature of heroes, and how does the writer present heroes in the novel. Heroes is a book about what really makes a hero, the two main characters are Francis Joseph Cassavent and Larry LaSalle. They are both flawed heroes. The book is set in the second world war period and the storyline switches from past to present tense. Francis wants to kill Larry LaSalle for raping his girlfriend. The heroes we see in films are always perfect and have no faults, but the so called heroes we see in the book and very different. Francis has qualities that you would not usually associate with heroes, he is quiet and timid and he also stood by and let his girlfriend get raped. Larry LaSalle on the other hand, has one major flaw, that he raped Nicole Renard and might have even raped more young girls when he was in Hollywood. Francis and Larry both went into the war with different intentions. ...read more.


By the end of the book when Francis meets Nicole for the last time he has learned that life goes on and that he should now forget about Nicole and move on with his life. Nicole has now forgave him and now his conscience is finally free, "I'm sorry for what I did to you that day." Francis now wants to forget about the war because of his terrible experiences, "I want to forget what happened there in France but every night the recitation begins" here he is telling us that he finds it hard to forget. He contrasts between silence and little noises, "The village is too still, too quiet, 'Jesus' Sonny Orlandi mutters" he is telling us that because of the silence all the little noises are mad much more important and meaningful. Francis is very brave facing his disfigurement, he speaks as if in a conversation because he talks about the subject in a more light-hearted manner rather then being serious about it, "I haven't always worn a scarf and the bandage" this shows he is being very open about the subject. ...read more.


the writer uses this type of sentence so the rape can be explained in detail. Rhetorical questions are used, "What were they doing?" this shows us that Francis doesn't want to believe what's going on. The writer uses sounds because Francis can't actually see what's going on, "gasp", "moaning", "whimpering" all these words help build a picture in Francis's head. The end of the story is significant to the new mood, at the train station, showing the Francis is moving on with his life just like the train is moving on, this suggests a hopeful future. Cormier's message about heroism is that there is no one single definition of a hero, a hero could have many different good qualities, but also that nobody is perfect and where there is good qualities there always comes bad. No matter how many lives people have saved or people some one has helped, it is where you draw the line from minor bad qualities and major to deuterium if some is a hero or not. ...read more.

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