BBC Bitesize - GCSE English Literature - Characters - Revision 2
Start studying Relationship between Larry LaSalle and Francis - Essay points. metaphor of chilvaric Knights /Larry and Francis battle for Nicole's affection. Francis Joseph Cassavant is the main character and first person narrator of Heroes. connection between them, and as they grow older, Francis' feelings change As Francis watches Nicole dancing with Larry, he says that jealousy streaked. Chapter 6: Larry LaSalle and Francis In chapter 6, the narrative jumps to this show about the character of Larry and his relationship with Francis; He only regrets that Nicole and Francis don't see him as the hero they.
Larry's reminiscing makes Francis feel nostalgic. Francis fails to shoot Larry immediately, he talks a little, perhaps he is procrastinating. Francis reveals the truth about the grenade and that he knows about Nicole. Francis is still in awe of Larry and shakes his "head in dismay" when he realises that Nicole was not Larry's first victim.
Francis decides to avenge what he did and to aim for Larry's heart, "to shatter his heart the way he broke Nicole's and mine". Larry tells Francis to leave "Go, Francis. This is reminiscent of the night of the rape. Francis leaves as Larry tells him that he believes in him. Francis hears a gunshot and knows Larry has killed himself, "almost like a ping-pong ball striking the table".
He displays no emotions. Francis visits Nicole - When Francis sees Nicole he fails "to see Nicole Renard in the girl", a total contrast to the description of the first time he saw her. He formally introduces himself "Francis Cassavant", there is a distance between them. Francis lies to her, does this suggest that he knows he and Nicole are over? He doesn't think she sounds fine, despite what she says, but he does not say this to her. He informs Nicole that Larry is dead but she already knows.
She explains that she is staring to find out who she really is. He says "Who are you Nicole?
Francis has "prepared his answer" regarding what he is going to do in the future. He has no intention of being truthful. His thoughts suggest he comes to "see if you could still be my girl", but there are many suggestions he knows this will not happen. Francis recognises that "she looks at me with affection. But affection is not love". When she tells him to write, there is a possibility that this encourages him.
When she kisses him he expects pain, but "there is only the pressure of her lips". There is no pleasure, yet he wants the moment to last forever. He knows he will not see Nicole again. Will Francis kill himself? Will he seek out Dr Abrams? Will he track down Enrico?
Chapter 2: The arrival of Nicole Renard Francis before the arrival of Larry LaSalle Heroes
He describes her as "the most beautiful girl I had ever seen", "with shining black hair that fell to her shoulders". She reminds Francis or St Therese. She is presented as a symbol of innocence and purity that is eventually spoiled by Larry's actions.
His eyes met here and a "flash of recognition" passes between them and he sees "a hint of mischief". She awakens love and devotion in Francis who gains confidence through their relationship.
Nicole always makes the first move: She shows confidence when she says "Don't fall off, Francis" as she passes him after visiting her friend Marie LaCroix. She speaks to Francis again at the Wreck Centre, "Hello, Francis" with "that same strange teasing in her voice". She flirts with Francis and invites him to a party. Francis and Nicole discuss their favourite books, which leads Francis to ask Nicole on a date.
Francis and Nicole have their "weekly dates at the Plymouth". She transforms Francis by offering him the attention and affection that he has lacked in his life so far. Nicole's relationship with Larry before the rape - Nicole joins the dancing group at the Wreck Centre and she "instantly caught the attention of Larry LaSalle". She seems to enjoy the attention of Larry without understanding the implications. She is flattered by the attentions, as Larry has special status among her friends.
Francis is jealous as he watches Nicole dancing with Larry LaSalle, "he allowed her to slip down against his body". Larry treats her as if she is special, arranging a dance number entirely around her, "Dancing in the Dark". He has a spotlight installed especially for her.
He makes it clear to Francis that "you and Nicole are special to me. Nicole uses Larry's first name "casually", unlike the other "kids". Larry's "fist homecoming during the war changed our lives forever".
When Larry returns from war on furlough he sees Nicole, and Francis notices "the rush of affection on his face". As Francis is about to leave, she frowns and asks him to stay. She whispers to him "Don't go", indicating that she is apprehensive about Larry. Nicole comes into the hallway "clutching the front of her blouse" after she has been raped by Larry.
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She is angry and her eyes demonstrate betrayal by Francis. She shakes her head "as in disbelief". When Francis sees Nicole four days later, "her voice was harsh" and there was "accusation in her voice". She blames Francis for not protecting her from Larry's assault, which becomes the key moment in his life. She becomes angry and resentful.
She feels betrayed by Francis and has contempt for his weakness. Nicole at the end of the novel - Francis doesn't recognise her as the girl she used to be, "The long black hair that fell to her shoulders is gone".
The way she speaks and acts to Francis has changed, "Her voice is sharp and brittle". She apologises for blaming Francis for what happened. She tells him "I'm starting to find out what I am, who I really am".
Nicole admits that she has never told anybody what happened to her and the memories of Frenchtown only bring her pain. She speaks honestly to Francis at the end of the novel, indicating that their relationship is at an end and that it is time for him to move on.
She still wants a seperate life. When he introduces himself for the first time they applaud. He has a "smile that revealed dazzling movie-star teeth" and he had "a touch of Fred Astaire in his walk, his feet barely touching the floor".
- Heroes by Robert Cormier How does the relationship between Francis and Nicole develop?
He had been both an athlete and a dancer, but it is as a teacher that Francis remembers him, leading classes in crafts and dancing, directing choral groups and organising shows. As a youth worker he reorganises the Wreck centre and with carefully targeted encouragement, he helps young people find unexpected talents.
There is an air of mystery about him, as if he is not what he tries to appear to be, "We knew little about him but he discouraged questions". Francis has loved and felt protective of Nicole Renard since he first saw her when they were in the seventh grade. He fell instantly in love with her and used to create opportunities to be near her.
He tells her that he loves to watch her dance, and she replies that she feels the same about watching him play table tennis. She is, and he says that he saw her eyes on me, shining for me. As Francis watches Nicole dancing with Larry, he says that jealousy streaked through me as Larry LaSalle tossed her in the air, letting her fly, and later, when Nicole invites Francis to a party at her house, saying that Larry had approved of the idea, Francis feels the instant agony of jealousy.
He trusts people easily as a young boy, and it is only after the incident with Larry and Nicole that his innocence is lost. He tells of the first time he laid eyes on Nicole — he was on the floor picking up a piece of chalk for the teacher when Nicole came in.
He felt like a knight at her feet. Unrealistically, he thinks that he will be able to protect her from any evil. She was a nun who died in at the age of She devoted her life to God and is the patron saint of the missions, who help the poor and needy, often in third-world countries. He spends most of his time telling the reader that he is not one, but by the end of the novel it is clear that he certainly is a hero — even if it is only by his own definition — I remember what I said to Nicole about not knowing who the real heroes are and I think of my old platoon.
Social and historical context The writer of Heroes, Robert Cormier, said that he was concerned about the problems which young people had to deal with in modern society. After the bombing of Pearl Harbour there was a great feeling of patriotism across America, and young men and women rushed to join the services to do their bit for their country. Through Francis, the reader is able to see how a young man, approaching adulthood, had to cope with the pressures of going to fight in a faraway war, where he witnessed horrific things, then faced even more problems when he returned.
Many men came back with physical injuries, like Francis, and they were helped, but there was very little support for people with psychological problems, so they were left to deal with these problems by themselves. Many young men had interrupted their education to go and fight, so the US government introduced the GI Bill which funded ex-servicemen to go back to college.
This is exactly how the real inhabitants of small towns across the United States would have experienced the war.