top-rated free essay

'Heroes' by Robert Cormier - short answer essay example question

By BethHarper356 Nov 12, 2013 514 Words
How does Cormier create sympathy for both Nicole and Francis in pages 68-69 of the novella? This extract has been taken from Chapter 11 of the novella: ‘Heroes’ by Robert Cormier. It is significant as this is the point of the storyline when Nicole is abused by Larry LaSalle. In this extract, Cormier uses dramatic language to suggest Francis’ fear of Larry and his feeling of distress. This can be seen with the phrases “a moment of panic” and “heart thudding” implying that Francis has almost become so ‘frozen’ with the fear and his worry for Nicole, that he just can’t bring himself to do anything to help her. Also, these create a sense of sympathy for Francis as the reader can relate to his situation through the use of these phrases. The verb “whimpering” and the use of the simile, “like a small animal caught and trapped”, makes the reader feel sympathetic for Nicole. We feel this as she is revealed to be very vulnerable – shown with the adjective “small” – and helpless at the hands of Larry, demonstrated with the word “trapped”. This also represents the juxtaposition of power as Larry is now seen as the ‘predator’ in relation to Nicole, linking to the theme of authority. The semantic field of pathos creates sympathy for Nicole here as she is strongly represented as the ‘victim’ in the situation. The listing technique used with “Her hair dishevelled, mouth flung open, lips swollen” creates impact as the powerful choice of language builds up a graphic image of the vulnerability of Nicole and suggests to the reader how the event has impacted upon her emotionally as well as physically. Towards the end of the extract, we feel greater sympathy for Francis as it becomes apparent that not only is he afraid of Larry, but he doesn’t want to ruin his image of him as a role model so won’t accept the truth about his character. The adverb “helplessly” increases our pathos for Francis as he feels he can’t do anything to help Nicole because he is frightened of the consequences. This can be shown with “I was afraid” implying that he is scared of Larry because Francis is just a young boy who could be seen as an ‘easy target’ for him. “I closed my eyes, not wanting to see him” links with the themes of heroes and deceit as it displays to the reader how Francis is refusing to destroy his image of Larry as his own ‘hero’ and role model and won’t accept that Larry has tricked Francis into believing he (Larry) is a person with good intentions only. Finally, Cormier ends this extract using a very powerful sentence reading: “It’s amazing that the heart makes no noise when it cracks”. This creates a great sense of sympathy for Francis and Nicole as the simplicity of it makes it a particularly dramatic and powerful end to the chapter and it is also something that the reader can easily relate to so puts them in the shoes of the characters.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Heroes by Robert Cormier: An Analysis

    ...The title “Heroes” immediately highlights heroism as a key theme to the novel, because it is planted into the reader’s sub-conscious mind, so they identify heroism in everything they read, even if that is not the concept Cormier’s intended to present. Acting as an umbrella term, “heroes” represents the many values associated with ...

    Read More
  • "Heroes" by Robert Cormier.

    ...Title: Choice Book Report I."Heroes" II. Robert Cormier III. Laurel-Leaf Books, 1998 IV. Personal library V. Pages: 135 pages VI. Fiction VII. Fiction is something told or written that is not fact: something made up. 2. A made up story about real or imaginary persons or events. VIII. Summary: A. Setting-The setting of "Heroes" is in a s...

    Read More
  • Heroes Robert Cormier Teaching Resour

    ...- Prose HEROES (ROBERT CORMIER) Heroes (Robert Cormier) Teaching Resources includes a 127 slide PowerPoint, 35 worksheets and a scheme of work overview. Heroes (Robert Cormier) is a detailed unit of work featuring a series of 15 lessons designed to develop pupil knowledge and understanding of the novel Heroes by Robert Cormier at GCSE. Our Hero...

    Read More
  • Justice - short answer questions

    ...Part One: Short Answers 1. What is the primary and secondary purpose of the website? The primary purpose of the Justice and Police Museum website is to inform viewers about the history of Australia’s justice system, police force and criminal past. This site also provides information about the location, admission prices and things to do as w...

    Read More
  • Sustainability Short Answer Questions

    ...three types of long-term constraints (Techno-centric concerns, Eco-centric concerns, Socio-centric concerns) and achieving sustainability through sustainable development will require some significant shifts in behaviour and consumption patterns. It should be engineers who lead processes of making decisions about the use of material, energy and w...

    Read More
  • Short Answer Questions - Ethics

    ...expectations of what the need to achieve to be successful. By having realistic expectations counsellors can lead themselves to believe that the usual outcome is helpful for the client. Another responsibility is to understand and accept that burnout is normal, as stated in (Geldard, D., & Geldard, K, 2009) counsellors realise that burnout feeling...

    Read More
  • In The Novel Heroes Robert Cormier

    ... In the novel heroes, Robert Cormier uses language and literary devices to explore the character of Larry LaSalle in terms of his physical appearance, speech patterns, reputation, public behaviour and secret actions. Heroes is a book set in, Frenchtown, America which explore the themes of secrecy, guilt, love and heroism. Cormier slowly revea...

    Read More
  • Crime and Forensics – Short-Answer Questions

    ...Crime and Forensics – Short-Answer Questions What constitutes a computer crime? This type of crime is the illegal exploitation of computer technologies, usually involving the Internet, to support crimes such as fraud, identity theft, sharing of information, and embezzlement. Exactly what is illegal varies greatly from territory to territ...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.