The novel ‘Heroes’ by Robert Cormier features a young war veteran, Francis Cassavant, who returns to his childhood home of Frenchtown from serving in the Second World War and has suffered severe deformities from a fall “on a grenade” which has led the readers to sympathise him and to believe that he is a “poor boy”. Francis has returned to Frenchtown with a specific purpose of killing Larry LaSalle, who is first portrayed as the glamorous and perfect man with a “smile that revealed dazzling movie-star teeth” and “a touch of Fred Astaire in his walk”. Through Larry’s character, Cormier is able to explore the various themes of the novel: masks, power, heroism, and guilt. Although Larry LaSalle is presented as a “hero” and a “champion”, there is an air of ambiguity about him that suggests that he is wearing a mask, exploring the theme of masks, as it contrasts with his “dazzling movie star” good looks and his “big hero” persona. The ambiguity initially starts in the very beginning when Francis mentions that he is “going to kill” Larry LaSalle; Cormier uses this technique of foreshadowing and first person narration so that the readers are constantly alert to the subtle early warnings that Larry LaSalle is not what he made out to be, that he might be wearing a mask.
Jake deteriorates into a deep depression, as his grandpa was his best friend. The psychiatrist suggests that Jake go to the island that his grandfather grew up on to try and settle Jake’s nightmares and uncertainties about the death of his family member. Jacob meets a girl there and realizes that his grandfather never lied about the children in his stories; the girl can generate fire with her bare hands. She discovers who he is and that Jake is related to their beloved friend Abe. The house he is lead to is full of all the peculiar children he was told about as a young boy.
When Smoke Signals Indians’ Distress… “The only thing more pathetic than Indians on TV is Indians watching Indians on TV” declares ironically Thomas-Builds-The-Fire, in the movie “Smoke Signals”, to condemn the Indian stereotype conveyed by media. The writer, Sherman Alexie narrates the story of Thomas and Victor, Native Americans, who go on a road-trip to retrieve the ashes of the lately deceased Arnold Joseph, Victor’s father. Leaving their natal Coeur D’Alene reservation, Victor and Thomas are stepping into the foreign world of America, in which codes and values differ from their native culture. Alexie portrays the duality of Native American culture, capturing the history of people who have been oppressed, yet attempting to forge their identity in the media-saturated world of the 20th Century, adopting panoramic shots, manipulating the circular sense of time,
After a while the church caught on fire and kids were trapped inside. Johnny saved them, but injured himself badly. Then, Johnny died as a hero. In this story, Johnny saved Ponyboy from drowning in a fountain by killing a Soc. Also, when the church caught on fire Johnny took the chance and saved kids who were trapped.
“I don’t know why I did it. I was just so sad. I don’t know why” (276). In The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon, Brent tells the story of his heat of the moment decision to attempt suicide at the age of 14 years old. His brother, Craig, is the first to discover him engulfed in smoke after Brent douses himself with gasoline and lights a match.
And it was I that brought your father a pitch-pine knot, kindled at my own hearth, to set fire to an Indian village, in King Philip 's War. They were my good friends, both; and many pleasant walks have we had along this path, and returned merrily after midnight. I would fain be friends with you, for their sake." (p-279). These lines revealed historical, mythical and puritan backgrounds as Goodman’s ancestors were involved in devilish activities like setting fire to an Indian village and his grandfather who once lashed the Quaker woman in the street of Salem; this old man was the friend of Brown’s ancestors.
Even though he killed some one he was still saving Pony. Pony thinks “Next thing I knew I woke up on the pavement beside the fountain”(p.56) after he almost drown. Johnny saved Pony from being drowned. He helped Pony get the kids out of the burning church. This quote from the book states Johnny saved kids from dying in a burning church“the door was blocked by flames, pushed open the window and tossed out the nearest kid.”(p.92) It shows that he saved kids from burning in a church.
At the beginning of the memoir, the author starts off the story by explaining a time she started a fire by cooking hotdogs when she was just three years old. She “screamed” and “smelled the burning and heard a horrible crackling as the fire singed my hair and eyelashes” (Walls 9). An exposed fire occurs multiple times in the book, which represents the author’s dad’s continuous drinking habits. Not only is the fire destructive and harmful to the family, but so is the father’s alcoholic addiction. This metaphor represents a large negative impact on the family.
The first time Boo goes out of his house is to put the blanket on Jem and Scout while they watch the fire at Miss.Maudie's house. "Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn’t know it when he put the blanket around you." (p.96) Atticus says this after Scout asks him who put the blanket around Jem and her. The second time Boo leaves his house is to save Scout and Jem from getting attacked by Mr.Euwell.
Crispin: The Cross of Lead is a story about a 13 year-old boy who lives with his mother in the small village of Stromford, which is ruled by Lord Furnival. After his mother’s death, he runs away and overhears John Aycliffe the village steward discussing "a great danger." The steward sees Crispin and tries to kill him, but Crispin escapes. Crispin seeks out the village priest for help, but instead finds out that he has been declared a "wolf's head," which means that anyone can kill him. The priest gives Crispin the cross of lead that belonged to his mothers and tells him that he must leave the village immediately.