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According to dictionaries, being a hero means to be a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Larry joins the Marines, not in some noble effort to protect his nation and stop the atrocities that were happening in Europe but instead a lust for revenge after the attack on Pearl Harbour or as he puts it himself, not to let “the Japs get away with this. His face was permanently disfigured, but he ultimately survived and was awarded the Silver Star medal in recognition of his bravery.I think This book is great (like you haven't picked that up already), I'd recommend it to everyone who - can - read, as this is such an amazing book: short enough to read, and engaging enough to love. The rape of Nicole also seems to question the morality of of society's acceptance of actions carried out during war-time whilst in uniform against those perpetrated when out of it. Larry asked Francis to leave so that he could have one last dance with Nicole, and though Francis felt that something was amiss, he did as Larry told him.

Where other war veterans are thinking of ways to get their lives back together, Francis has other things on his mind.

Additionally, those words are not always what you think they are, since all of those traits can hurt instead of help. As he stalks about Frenchtown hunting for any news of Larry, he meets other local veterans and begins to frequent their favorite bar, the St.

Francis tells how his unsightly appearance often shocks and disturbs passers-by, and as a measure to prevent this wears a white, silk aviator's scarf around the lower half of his face given to him by his hospital friend Enrico, and a Red Sox cap lowered down over his face. Likewise when Francis throws himself onto a grenade, it appears to show a willingness to sacrifice his own life to save the lives of his comrades but later on he reveals that his real motivation was a way to committing suicide without disgracing his family. A serious well written YA novel exploring the nature of heroism, set in post WW2 USA but managing to retain a timeless quality. Paralyzed by fear and confusion, Francis remained hidden until Nicole burst from the darkness and realized that Francis had been standing there the whole time. However, something I would point out is that some people seemed to have misinterpreted the narratives of the three different time periods.I felt that Larry had got his deserved fate when he lost his legs because it meant he could no longer be the Larry LaSalle he was (strutting about like Fred Astaire and with an air of self-confidence) and LaSalle is described as a shadow of who he used to be. This is a sobering reminder of how easily people can rationalize their actions and get away with doing the right things for the wrong reasons. Francis waits outside and stands frozen there in panic when he hears the sounds of Larry raping Nicole inside. The quotes are lovely, and sometimes heartbreaking, but all of them memorable, which is the critical thing when you need them for an exam. Heroes, published in 1998, is a novel written by American author Robert Cormier who is known for addressing darker subjects in his books for young adults.

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