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'heroes' by Robert Cormier

A summary of pages 34-38, St. Judes Club scene.

Hannah Young

on 22 October 2014

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Transcript of 'heroes' by Robert Cormier

By Robert Cormier
Summary of pg. 34-38
St. Jude Club Scene
Links between
Key Events
and the rest of
the Book
Links to
and what it means- shown when characters, throughout the story, ask what makes a hero and talk about heroism.

The old 'Strangler' kept a scrapbook of heroic acts called 'Frenchtown Warriors'- made the veterans feel proud/heroic.
''To the Silver Star and the men who wear it,' he growls'
- making Francis, although none recognise him, known for the 'heroic' act that he did.
Main theme=
Other themes
the representation of violence shown throughout the book is quite brutal.
E.g. -
'...there's a sudden flash of what - terror? bad dreams? - in his eyes.'
- shows how the characters aren't able to forget what happened when fighting in the war although try to forget.
''Falls on a grenade and saves- how many men did you save, Francis? How many men were you willing to die for?''
An image of war, showing what happened to some people, but linking back to
- Francis wanted to die- he wasn't a hero.
Other themes are shown throughout the book such as
, but not necessarily in this section of the book.
Book published in 1998.
Cormier had a desire to recognise heroic acts of ordinary people who were in the Second World War.
just after the Second World War
Book is in 3 time periods:
*Francis' childhood
*Events of the war
*Present tense-
in the club section, focuses on the present tense.
Time period= perfect setting for clubs where veterans would go after the war to 'take it easy' and celebrate their victory over the Germans.
By Anne, Hannah and Sadiya
'I let my glass of beer grow stale and flat on the bar because I want to remain sharp and alert at all times,'
- Francis doesn't drink, he is waiting for Larry to arrive- he needs to be focused.
Francis and Larry are in the scrapbook for earning a Silver Star medal, for heroism, but for different things- Francis for wanting to kill himself but ultimately saving lives, and Larry for taking out a gunners nest, linking back to the theme of
''Nobody knows when he's coming back. But they all come back to Frenchtown sooner or later''
- the Strangler says, implying that Francis would eventually get what he wants.
Arthur recognises Francis- Francis wants to stay anonymous.
Arthur thinks Francis is a hero- he doesn't know Francis tried to kill himself- Francis doesn't think he's a hero- linking back to what
is and how it is portrayed throughout the book, and fitting with the title of 'heroes'.
''The Wreck Centre. Ping-pong! You were the champion there at ping-pong, right?''
- Arthur mentions to Francis, answering with
''Table tennis,' I correct him.'
- making us think what he achieved at the Wreck Centre wasn't important. Table tennis parts are big factors in the book.
Francis asks about Larry-
''Has anybody heard when Larry LaSalle's coming back?''
- trying to fulfill his mission- he wants to kill Larry- main reason for whole book and has been mentioned from the start, also making it a big factor- the reason for asking the question.
Long sentence structures suggest the flow of thoughts and conversation.
Cormier uses rhetorical questions for effect.
Ellipsis are also used for effect.
Cormier describes the weather as the clouds being thick and low in comparison with the club.
Main characters mentioned in section= veterans situated in St. Jude Club. All cheered when LaSalle's name was mentioned- none in the club recognise Francis bar Arthur.
Cormier refers to Arthur, Armand and Joe as fixtures.
Francis becomes a very mysterious and anonymous but mundane character.
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