How Does Cormier Present the Character Nicole in Heroes?

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How does Cormier present the character Nicole in Heroes?-
In this essay I will be talking about how the character, Nicole, is portrayed in Cormier’s novel; Heroes. This will include mentioning the events that Nicole has been through, how they have affected her as a person throughout her life in the novel and if they determine if she is a hero or not.
Nicole is first mentioned in the novel by Francis whilst he is on his own in church, ‘I pray of course for Nicole Renard’. Francis is speaking to us as reader in first person, telling us without any background information on the 4th page of the novel the name of a girl who is the person he would ‘of course’ pray for. This shows that Nicole is of significance to the character and to the rest of the novel, we assume as his mentioning of her was so brief but exact that she will be expanded on more. ‘It will always be Nicole Renard’ as she is mentioned again it assures the reader that she will definitely be included more. The structure of the name drop raises interests and we become intrigued, Cormier is wanting us to make assumptions about her.
The second paragraph starts with ‘I saw Nicole Renard for the first time in seventh grade’. It’s an instant impact to the reader similar to the effect we assume Nicole had on Francis. The suddenness of the statement shows there was an automatic spark for Francis as he still remembers the exact time they had their first encounter. ‘followed by the most beautiful girl I had ever seen’ Nicole is presented as very pretty, ‘the pale purity of her face reminded me of the statue of St Therese’ Francis is so overwhelmed that his he even compares her to a religious icon. Fresh faced, innocent and pure looking, we get the impression that Nicole is untouched. This reflects the events later in the novel when her innocence is forced from her in the rape scene. When Francis first laid eyes…...

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