Heroes Characters

Heroes - Characters: Francis Cassavant, Nicole Renard, Larry LaSalle.

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    • Francis
      • unreliable narrator - 'was the look that passed [...] a wish of my imagination?'
      • 'My name is Francis Joseph Cassavant [...] and I have no face.'
      • 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  if he is a fraud.
      • He does do his best to ensure that he has no future, by burning the contact details of his friend from the hospital in England, and of the doctor who says he will repair his face
      • 'To hide my identity'
      • 'It would always be Nicole Renard'
      • 'It's amazing that the heart makes no noise when it cracks.'
        • Nicole
          • 'Nicole Renard was small and slender, with shining black hair [...] The pale purity of her face reminded me of the statue of St Therese...'
          • Just after Nicole got raped she blames Francis for not doing anything, but later on regrets that and forgives Francis and tries to tell him that but he's already in the war.
          • Her grace and beauty are destroyed by the rape – like the peace and innocence of the world is shattered by the war.
          • 'Go away Francis,' she said. 'Just go away'
          • Francis creates an impossibly romantic image of Nicole and of their relationship.
            • 'I knelt there like a knight at her feet.'
    • Nicole
      • 'Nicole Renard was small and slender, with shining black hair [...] The pale purity of her face reminded me of the statue of St Therese...'
      • Just after Nicole got raped she blames Francis for not doing anything, but later on regrets that and forgives Francis and tries to tell him that but he's already in the war.
      • Her grace and beauty are destroyed by the rape – like the peace and innocence of the world is shattered by the war.
      • 'Go away Francis,' she said. 'Just go away'
      • Francis creates an impossibly romantic image of Nicole and of their relationship.
        • 'I knelt there like a knight at her feet.'
    • Larry LaSalle
      • 'Does that one sin of mine wipe away all the good things?'
      • 'Sweet young things'
      • Larry is seen as a hero by many of the people in French town, especially by Nicole and Francis.
        • 'the patron saint of the wreck centre'
      • 'A tall slim man... a lock of blonde hair tumbling over his forehead, a small smile that revealed dazzling movie-star teeth.'
        • 'Larry LaSalle had the broad shoulders of an athlete and the narrow hips of a dancer. He was both.'
      • There is a mystery surrounding his departure from New York and his relocation to Frenchtown. Initially that only seems to add to his glamour, but in the end it becomes sinister with his reference to other ‘sweet young things’ which suggests that Nicole was not his first victim.
        • 'Sweet young things'
      • He shows no repentance for raping Nicole, instead asking whether his one sin wipes out all the goodness he has done.
      • Larry LaSalle ends up shooting himself; possibly because he fells sorry for what he did to Nicole but most likely because he can't stand up any more - he's got no legs.
        • 'No more dancing for me, Francis. No more sweet young things. No more anything.'
      • He shows no repentance for raping Nicole, instead asking whether his one sin wipes out all the goodness he has done
        • 'Just her and me alone. It's important Francis.'

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