Heroes Character Analysis

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Who is Nicole Renard?
Nicole Renard is an innocent young girl who is not only Francis’ first and only love but also the victim of Larry LaSalle.

Can I critically respond to the text, ‘Heroes’? (AO1) I must generally refer to relevant aspects of Heroes I should discuss thoroughly and increasingly thoughtfully characters/relationships I could consider and suggest experimental ideas and judgements;

Quotation
‘That would be nice.’

Means?
When she agrees to go to the cinema with Francis she transforms him. She offers him attention and affection that he has lack in his life so far. She enjoys his company and teases him playfully because he is so shy.

‘Stay close to me.’ ‘Why didn’t you do something?’

These words on the night of the civic reception indicate that she is… In the aftermath of the assault Nicole becomes ……… She feels betrayed by Francis and has contempt for his …….

‘Why did you come here today?’

These words perhaps indicate …….

Examiner’s tip: writing about Nicole
Nicole is flattered by the attentions of Larry. How do we know this? How does she show she enjoys her friendship with Francis? How is her relationship with Francis emotionally different to her relationship with Larry? Francis sees her as a fantasy figure; Larry sees her in a very different way. What is the effect? Can I critically respond to the text, ‘Heroes’? (AO1) I must generally refer to relevant aspects of Heroes I should discuss thoroughly and increasingly thoughtfully characters/relationships I could consider and suggest experimental ideas and judgements;

Who is Larry LaSalle?
Larry is a mysterious youth worker who has the ability to find and develop the talents of young people; however, beneath the surface there lies a dark and unpleasant side. Can I critically respond to the text, ‘Heroes’? (AO1) I must generally refer to relevant aspects of Heroes I should discuss thoroughly and increasingly thoughtfully characters/relationships I could consider and suggest experimental ideas and judgements;

Quotation ‘A tall slim man stepped into view, a lock of blond hair tumbling over his forehead, a smile that revealed dazzling moviestar teeth.’ ‘”Good morning,” he said. “My name’s Larry LaSalle.”’ ‘He was our champion and we were happy to be in his presence.’ ‘He applauded her, his eyes looking deeply into her, as she lay at his feet.’ ‘”What’s the matter?” Larry LaSalle asked.’ ‘We have to keep the world safe for these young people – they are our future.’ ‘Sweet young things.’ ‘Does that one sin of mine wipe away all the good things?’

Means? Larry is established as an attractive and glamorous figure. It is as if he has stepped down from the cinema screen as he will appear to do again later. This makes him a natural centre of attention.

Right from the start Larry is out to create an impression. What role does Larry have immediately? What might Larry enjoy about this? He wins the respect and the devotion of all the young people because he is good at the things they admire. As their hero they believe that he can do no wrong. What is the effect of this? Larry’s behaviour towards Nicole is an important indication of the way he regards young women. What might this body position tell us about him? Use the words dominant and submissive in your answer. Larry has positive qualities. Thinking of his relationship with Francis, what are these? This is an indication of the way Larry always tries to say the right thing. Nicole must confront this hero – explain why this is ironic.

What do these words reveal about Larry’s character? This comment might indicate that Larry does not accept the full extent of what he has done. Why does this quote suggest this?

Examiner’s tip: writing about Larry
Remember there is an essential dilemma at the heart of Larry’s character. Can we ever take anything he say says at face value? He appears to lack sincerity and honesty. He undoubtedly did many good things I his work as we see in...
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