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Exploration Of Conflict In Romeo And Juliet And Heroes?

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Throughout the novels ‘Heroes’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the theme of conflict is directly conveyed to the audience in different forms. Both texts explore attitudes towards love which is linked to their different contextual backgrounds. Both novels communicate that the only outcome from conflict is pain and torment. The novel ‘Heroes’ is based upon the character Francis Joseph Cassavant, an old war veteran from Frenchtown, Monument. Francis is the first person narrator that tells his story through his eyes to the reader. Francis returns to Frenchtown from serving the Second World War in France and immediately describes his physical injuries from serving the war, he has ‘no face’. He emphasises ...view middle of the document...

Larry has a ‘green army uniform’, which basically shows how larry is surrounded by the envy of Francis. This jealousy could be a key motivator in why Francis chooses to attempt to kill Larry. It is also shown with the colour pink on the wreck centre, saying it is ‘faded to a sickly pink’ shows that the original love (red) for the place has been destroyed, in place is only a sickly colour, reminiscent of the original feeling that the place gave Francis; a sense of home or belonging as he was an orphan from a young age.

Darkness is used to show unforgettable and tragic scenes that takes place in the lives of the characters in ‘Heroes’. Cormier uses dark imagery to present the impact Francis’s experiences have had on his mental state and how they have contributed to his inner turmoil. Francis is too naive to accept any responsibility for any of the events that takes place. He does not have an understanding of what is happening and therefore never accepts light, or the positivity or indeed awareness it can be seen to represent, into himself. Cormier often plays with light and dark in different ways. When Larry returns form war, Nicole is described to be wearing her ‘white blouse’ and ‘navy’ skirt. These clashes in colours show different feelings and foreshadows the dark intent of Larry character. After the horrific rape scene between Nicole Renard and Larry Lasalle, the moon is used to show a chance of hope for Francis. Francis is found hiding in the shadows as Larry and Nicole are ‘dancing in the dark’ because the shadows are being used as a metaphor to show that Francis is hidden from the reality of the event. However, Cormier then shows that Francis comes to a slow and painful realisation when he become ‘caught in the slash of moonlight’. This shows that both the characters are damaged and trapped in the unforgettable event. Then Cormier makes it obvious that the entire event has unfolded in the minds of all the character after mentioning the ‘spill of moonlight’. The symbolism of the moon is vast, the event takes place in the darkness and the moon is the only light that is seen when he leaves. In this sense, it can be understood as a symbol of the harsh truth of what has taken place in the ‘wreck centre’. Not only does Francis plunge into a spiral of darkness but Nicole is also shown to be immensely affected by darkness. Her white blouse is torn while Larry is carrying out the rape and he eyes flash back. She is now tainted in darkness with Francis.
Inner conflict becomes a crucial part of ‘Heroes’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Francis has many conflicted feelings and actions throughout the text. He becomes ever more vulnerable and naive than he was before, after the scene between Larry Lasalle and Nicole Renard. The choice between Nicole and Larry is one that Francis has to struggle with continuously thorough the book. The conflict is between betraying and killing his childhood hero, Larry, or betraying his childhood love, Nicole. This choice is...

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