Character Notes Heroes

In: Novels

Submitted By katie2501
Words 1351
Pages 6
Francis Cassavant * Francis is the first person narrator of the novel. It is told through his eyes, directly to the reader. At the end of the book it is implied he will become a writer, and that Heroes is his book, adding realism to the text. * Throughout the novel Francis reiterates his love for Nicole. Right from the outset we know that it will ‘always be Nicole.’ His love appears hopeless, and at first we think it is because he can never get up the courage to speak to her. * He describes his physical injuries from the war in grotesque, horrifying detail, emphasising his monstrous appearance. He tries to present his inner character as being similarly monstrous, by telling us very early on that he intends to kill Larry LaSalle. Despite this there are hints that he is not that monstrous – he describes the gun as being ‘like a tumour on my thigh’, which suggests he is not comfortable with it. * He is driven by the guilt of having left Nicole to be raped by LaSalle, an event for which he blames himself, because he broke his promise not to leave her alone that night. * Francis has a strong sense of guilt. He has had a Catholic education and in chapter one he prays in church. He says he is filled with a sense of shame and guilt because he is praying for the man he wants to kill (LaSalle). Similarly he decides to join the army because suicide would not only be a sin, but shameful when there were soldiers sacrificing their lives for others in the war. * Although he was awarded a Silver Star in the war, for falling on a grenade and saving his platoon’s lives, Francis feels that he is not a hero, and as if he is a fraud. He joined the army because he wanted to die, and believes he fell on the grenade in order to do so. He does not believe he is a hero because his motives were not heroic. Again we see he has a sense of shame and guilt. * When he…...

Similar Documents

An Inspector Calls Character Notes

...• At the end of the play, he knows he has lost the chance of his knighthood, his reputation in Brumley and the chance of Birling and Co. merging with their rivals. Yet he hasn't learnt the lesson of the play: he is unable to admit his responsibility for his part in Eva's death. Mrs Sybil Birling • She is described at the start as "about fifty, a rather cold woman and her husband's social superior." • She is a snob, very aware of the differences between social classes. She is irritated when Mr Birling makes the social gaffe of praising the cook in front of Gerald and later is very dismissive of Eva, saying "Girls of that class." • She has the least respect for the Inspector of all the characters. She tries - unsuccessfully - to intimidate him and force him to leave, then lies to him when she claims that she does not recognise the photograph that he shows her. • She sees Sheila and Eric still as "children"and speaks patronisingly to them. • She tries to deny things that she doesn't want to believe: Eric's drinking, Gerald's affair with Eva, and the fact that a working class girl would refuse money even if it was stolen, claiming "She was giving herself ridiculous airs." • She admits she was "prejudiced" against the girl who applied to her committee for help and saw it as her "duty" to refuse to help her. Her narrow sense of morality dictates that the father of a child should be responsible for its welfare, regardless of......

Words: 1397 - Pages: 6

Heroes of Aenied

...“Heroes of Aeneid” The struggle between good and evil have been the focus of countless works of literature through out history. No matter where one’s from, stories of heroism are present in every culture. In The Aeneid, Virgil tells the stories of Aeneas, a Trojan’s travels to Italy in a quest to rebuild his empire. One of these stories is one of Hercules, an adventurous hero and his battle against Casus. In order to effectively deliver the epic tale, Virgil uses many literary devices such as characterization, imagery and vividness to fully engulf the readers in his tales. Through the utilization of literary devices, Virgil effectively establishes the divide between good and evil, capturing the full attention of his audiences. Virgil first accomplishes this through the introduction of the hero Hercules, and the villain Casus. Virgil uses characterization to make characters seem more real and relatable for audiences and readers, giving audiences a clear picture of good versus evil. Take Hercules for example, Virgil uses Hercules’ bravery to coerce the audience into liking him and siding with him. The author shows Hercules’ bravery in many ways. One of these ways is by up playing the viciousness of his enemy Cacus. By doing so, the readers can compare the evil of Cacus with the heroism of Hercules. In this passage, “here, deep in the vast recesses of the rock, was once a cave which the rays of the sun never reached. This was the home a of foul-featured, half-human monster by...

Words: 1548 - Pages: 7

Heroes Comparison

...Throughout history, society has become accustomed with what they believe a hero should be but as each generation passes, this thought has shifted. Whether an immortal God with superhuman abilities or an average person who is giving everything they have to defend his or her people, heroes will rise when needed. The stories of Beowulf, Achilles, and Aeneas provide the reader with an example of what society of that time viewed a hero as and how they can compare with one another. Homer’s Iliad shows the reader whom ancient society believed a hero to be. It was written in a time when society relied on those strong enough and brave enough to rule the people. This was perfect for the character, Achilles, because in the Iliad he is described to be “godlike” (Iliad, 131) and “swift-footed” (Iliad, 121) suggesting he had superhuman traits such as strength and speed. These qualities worked to his benefit in battle and give him the “Hero” title he deserved. His story tells of his success on the battlefield and his defeat over Hector. Even though Achilles was seen as a hero to his people, he was not always emotionally sound. Achilles once gave up his wife, Breseis, to stop the god Apollo from sending a plague upon the Greek army. When the plague stopped, the battle roared on but Achilles did not participate. He was angered that his wife and prized possession was taken from him. It was not until his best friend, Patrocius, was killed that Achilles, out of complete fury, joined back in...

Words: 1036 - Pages: 5

Heroes

...Prompt: Again and again we hear the complaint that we have no heroes anymore. Heroes—people who should be admired for their great courage or noble achievements—are No longer recognized in our modern world. Many people, in fact, believe that heroes existed Only in the past. But this belief is wrong. Because more praise is given to the latest Technological innovation than to one individual’s heroic achievements, we may not be Aware of our heroes, but we do have them. Assignment: Is it possible to be a hero in the modern world? Hero exists. Hero evolves. Large or small, strong or weak, tactful or stubborn, they are always around. Modern heroes are not known for extraordinary physical strength or valor, yet modern heroes abound in today's world. In our era and more than anytime before, every single citizen can champion, and every single person can choose to be a hero; he is doctor, teacher, policeman, or President of a country, big or small. We do have heroes such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Juggernauts of the technological world, they are responsible for many technological advances. Yet Mr. XYZ, Susie and Joe, millions of people you are unheard of yet fully actively live around you, do make contributions just as significant. Without them, we won’t be able to enjoy our lives as we do now, including water from that tap, bread on our tables, cozy reading on our beds late in the night, and etc.  I remember that the Time Magazine's person of the year one of the years......

Words: 528 - Pages: 3

A Recipe for Heroes

...A Recipe For Heroes Have you ever wondered if the extraordinary people we see in books and movies are really that extraordinary? Could these characters truly be more than just an ordinary person? Are we, as real people and not figments of literature, capable of making the same changes we see them make? The answer can simply be a yes. If that is all it takes to sate your curiosity you can stop reading now. If you want to learn how heroism is part of our nature, then I suggest you continue on. I'll be attempting to determine what are the true makings of a hero. By the end you might even discover that we can all be heroes as well. So how might we define a hero? Well, if we were to google the definition of the word, we'll find that a hero is a term for a submarine sandwich. As delicious as that might be, it doesn't help much. The next one tells us that a hero is “the principal character of a play or story”. A little warmer, but a little too broad for our terms here. Dictionary.com gives us our answer. They define a hero as “a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.“ Now that we know what a hero is considered etymologically, how does this apply to ourselves or the people we meet every day? Mark Twain provides an option for heroes in his 1901 essay The United States of Lyncherdom. “Why does it lift no hand or voice in protest? Only because it would be unpopular to do it, I think; each...

Words: 688 - Pages: 3

Heroes and Celebrities

...Heroes and Celebrities April 27, 2014 Heroes and Celebrity When looking up the definition of hero, I came across some slight variation. I looked up online the Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s (n.d) definition an is defined a hero as “a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability” and an” illustrious warrior, a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities, a man that shows great courage, the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work.” The online Oxford Dictionary (n.db) defines a hero as “A person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities: The chief male character in a book, play, or movie, who is typically identified with good qualities, and with whom the reader is expected to sympathize” Both sources cite the same definitions for heroines as well. The variations between the two online definitions is Merriam-Webster reefer’s to a hero as a mythological figure while Oxford simply refers to a hero as a person. When talking about a celebrity, some may confuse the definition of a celebrity with a hero, but the definition, according to Merriam-Webster is that a celebrity is the state of being famous or celebrated. This is not mention of outstanding achievements, quality of character, or displays of courage or is endowed with strength and abilities. Although the definitions don’t show the similarities, they do exist in our pop culture and......

Words: 1057 - Pages: 5

Heroes

...Nicollette Digmi A hero is someone who is brave, trustworthy, and reliable. This is the kind of person we look up to. Some of them may be legendary, while others are everyday life-savers. Heroes are typically on quests often to help others, they are ethical and strong and responsible leaders. A hero could be anyone who has these qualities. Beowulf and Martin Luther King Jr. both meet their criteria because they share the same heroic characteristics: they were both on quests, ethical, strong responsible leaders. Beowulf and Martin Luther King Jr. were both on a quest. For example, in Beowulf, the main character, Beowulf, is on a quest to help Hrothgar save his village by defeating Grendel. This means that Beowulf came from Geatland to save a village even though he wasn’t guaranteed a reward. Similarly, Martin Luther King Jr. was on a quest to stop racism and segregation between white and colored people. For example, he stood up to the white people and makes it as public as possible that he wants to change the way society is for the good of other people. In other words Martin Luther King Jr. and Beowulf share a heroic characteristic in that they both go on quests to create change for the benefit of others. Beowulf and Martin Luther Jr. were also ethical. For example, in Beowulf, Beowulf is a good king to his people and ends up fighting a dragon and dying for his people. This means that he was ethical and it contributed to him being a great hero. Likewise Martin......

Words: 506 - Pages: 3

Heroes

... T. Kelley Professor Fox English II, 11 am Due: 30 Nov 2012 Heroes After more than 10 years of combat, the media has given many soldiers the title of hero. Jessica Lynch was one Soldier who was given the title hero. Was she truly a hero? What actions merited such a label? Pat Tillman also received the coveted title of hero, despite much controversy. Pat Tillman’s label of heroism occurred because of his strong social status. However, the word hero in Tillman’s case was misused to disguise actual events or cover up the misfortunes of war. Shoshona Johnson would be called a hero as well. Shoshana Johnson and Lynch were captured the same day but because of race, one hero would receive more accolades than the other. These soldiers wanted to share the truth, but media’s opportunity to transform them into hero took precedence. All of these heroes received differential treatment based on their gender, race or social status. Jessica Lynch seemed to be the perfect candidate to depict as an American Hero. Lynch is 5’6, 130 lbs. with blonde hair and blue eyes (Fluharty). With Barbie doll like qualities, Jessica not only served as an American Soldier, but possessed the beauty necessary to attract attention of viewers and develop a great story. The War on Terrorism has allowed news anchors to televise and participate in more combat related events than ever before, yet truth is often skewed to give a better news line story. The events that led to her capture in Iraq in......

Words: 1998 - Pages: 8

Tragic Heroes

...Adeola Mike-Irabor English 1302: Composition 2 David Glen Smith, Instructor November 29, 2012 Research Paper Miss Emily Grierson and Eveline The family and society’s expectation of a woman has led to some women becoming tragic heroes and anti-heroes who battled consistently with their true identity. Literary works of William Faulkner in the short story, "A Rose for Emily", and James Joyce’s "Eveline", reflects the negative impact of these expectations. Based on information, culled from Dr David Smith’s notes, tragic heroes are driven and obsessed with past deeds or by fate, they are neither entirely good nor entirely bad and are fated to cause grief to individuals or to the community, they are often leaders in the community or head of family (2). Faulkner shows these common traits of tragic hero in Miss Emily Grierson; a protagonist in self-exile from the modern world, locked away in her decaying mansion (3). In James Joyce’s Eveline, a protagonist is revealed as tragic hero who endures a dramatic and tragic life full of conflicts, but Smith thinks otherwise, he refers to her as an anti-hero and is of the opinion that antihero should not be confused with tragic hero because, “existentialist believed modern life does not allow the existence of a true hero. Modern life dehumanizes everyone”(3), short of this, Eveline is a classic example of a tragic hero. William Faulkner’s Miss Emily and James Joyce’s Eveline are women who in the quest of fulfilling the roles......

Words: 2596 - Pages: 11

Heroes

...patience and efforts for us like a river that keeps running and going. They still teach us even though we annoy them, we give them frustrations and also we give them so many disappointments. Even though we give them such headaches, they still stand tough beside and infront of us to save ourselves from being a trash. That's why we pause for a while to note the significance of teachers to all of us. Students groomed their rooms to give a jaw-dropper gift to their beloved teachers. Some set a red carpet top with rose petals and end it by making their teacher walk on it like a queen. Other students also prepared this kind of 'blindfold surprise' where students will blindfold their teachers and guide him/her to their room and show what they've got. All students did a lot of efforts to show how they love their teacher so much even though they act always like wild animals in a jungle. They are our nurturers, communicators, readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, leaders, disciplinarians and also our parents in our second home. In one way or another, we should say thank you to our teacher and at the same time our heroes who molds our juvenile yet fragile minds to prepare and create a better future. ...

Words: 364 - Pages: 2

How Does Cormier Present the Character Nicole in Heroes?

...How does Cormier present the character Nicole in Heroes?- In this essay I will be talking about how the character, Nicole, is portrayed in Cormier’s novel; Heroes. This will include mentioning the events that Nicole has been through, how they have affected her as a person throughout her life in the novel and if they determine if she is a hero or not. Nicole is first mentioned in the novel by Francis whilst he is on his own in church, ‘I pray of course for Nicole Renard’. Francis is speaking to us as reader in first person, telling us without any background information on the 4th page of the novel the name of a girl who is the person he would ‘of course’ pray for. This shows that Nicole is of significance to the character and to the rest of the novel, we assume as his mentioning of her was so brief but exact that she will be expanded on more. ‘It will always be Nicole Renard’ as she is mentioned again it assures the reader that she will definitely be included more. The structure of the name drop raises interests and we become intrigued, Cormier is wanting us to make assumptions about her. The second paragraph starts with ‘I saw Nicole Renard for the first time in seventh grade’. It’s an instant impact to the reader similar to the effect we assume Nicole had on Francis. The suddenness of the statement shows there was an automatic spark for Francis as he still remembers the exact time they had their first encounter. ‘followed by the most beautiful girl I had ever seen’......

Words: 1498 - Pages: 6

Heroes

...different answer from everyone you ask; being a hero means different things to different people. A hero in my eyes, could be a traitor to some one else. It can actually be a very touchy subject to some. An obvious example would be our soldiers, fighting everyday for our freedoms. To most, these men and women are undoubtably heroes. But there was a time not long ago, that soldiers returning from Vietnam were ridiculed, and treated like traitors, because many people didn't believe in the war they were fighting. Does that make them any less a hero? I don't think so, they had no choice in the reasons for war. In the Nation of Islam, many extremists believe that those who are willing to strap themselves down with explosives, and commit suicide in public places, are the greatest form of hero. To me, that just seems absurd. I don't think it takes fighting in a war, or even taking extreme action, to be considered a hero. I like to try to see the hero in everyday people. Any one can be a hero. To me, just reaching out and making a difference in someone's life, is an act of heroism. I'm lucky enough to say that I know some of these heroes. And they have restored my faith in humanity. My friend Jason was paralyzed from the waist down 16 years ago, after a 4-wheeler accident. He was always the cool kid; handsome, smart, always had the nicest cars and prettiest girlfriend. On top of that, he was always a really nice guy, it was like people just......

Words: 676 - Pages: 3

Heroes

...Do Heroes exist in the present day? Heroes can be found in every person. However, heroes do not have superhuman ability but they do what they do for the greater good. I believe a Hero is someone that shows great strength courage and is willing to fight for justice. A Hero is wise and trustworthy. Heroes not only exist in the past but they exist in the present day as well. People that are part of the judiciary system could be considered modern day heroes, if they don't shoot and kill innocent people. They defend the community from unjust acts, they protect the community from people that steal, people that murder, people that commit fraud, people that kidnap etc. A Hero could even be someone that has authority. Some examples would include a police officer, a teacher, a lawyer, a judge, a psychologist or even a counselor. I believe strongly that a Hero is a person that helps someone even in the face of danger. A psychologist could indeed be someone’s Hero because he/she can make people realize their issues. They could even help solve those issues and helped you become a better person in the process. In conclusion I believe Heroes do in fact exist in the present day; We just don’t recognize them but they are there. Heroes can be found in EVERY person like your best friend, your cousin, your brother, your sister, your uncle, your boyfriend. They might have helped you. For example they could have helped you get out of a fight, helped you control your temper when you......

Words: 319 - Pages: 2

The Masked Masked Heroes

...Krystal Gladden Professor deLauney ENG 102 05/10/16 The Masked Mask Heroes A costume is meant to mask the true identity of a hero"(2009). But what if the mask is their true identity. In the graphic novel "Watchmen" by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Moore and Gibbons show how that a few of the vigilantes have a problem with juggling their masked persona and their every day persona. We can see a constant tug of war between who the vigilantes truly see themselves as and what is accepted in their society. We see the pull or hold that each vigilante masked persona has on them on a daily. So, we constantly see how Rorschach and Dan are battling within themselves about who they truly are. Rorschach is one of the first masked heroes we get to meet. We meet Rorschach after the death of another masked hero Edward Blake aka The Comedian. We go throughout most of the graphic novel without knowing the identity of Rorschach or his "real name". We quickly learn that Rorschach is a very black or white type of person, there is no in between with this guy. Rorschach is unapologetic too; he doesn't go by what society sees as bad or good, but off of his own judgment of right or wrong. He is also the only masked hero still fighting crime even though the Keene Act made it illegal to do so. It is not until the end of chapter 5, we get to actually see the human face behind the mask. Rorschach happens to be "The End Is Nigh" guy from earlier chapters, whom "real" name is Walter Joseph Kovacs. We......

Words: 1373 - Pages: 6

Heroes

...Heroes Many remember when they were little and would see a fire truck go by they would think to their self that’s what I want to do when I get older. Many children when asked what they want to do as a career normally say a firefighter or police officer. There are many reasons to be both, but being a firefighter can be an easy thing to do. There are many career and volunteer fire departments throughout the nation, even some are mixed between career and volunteer. Firefighting is more than a career or job whether it be volunteer or paid it is a calling. Many people would not go into a house that’s on fire, while everyone else is running out. Firefighters are dedicated to helping others and in some cases like today in Massachusetts three firefighters were trapped when a structure collapsed that they were working in to extinguish the fire. They were all rescued after the collapse and two of them made it out with serious injuries and another gave the ultimate sacrifice. Today unfortunately showed the dangers that the job has and how firefighters put their lives on the line every day. Most believe that a firefighter is a hero and most firefighter’s say it is just part of their job, it is proven daily that it is more than a job they are heroes. In the United States there are over 1.1 million volunteer firefighters that is two thirds of all fire fighters. In the nation yearly the amount of emergency calls increase significantly the amount of volunteer firefighters has dropped......

Words: 669 - Pages: 3