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Francis begins his narration by announcing that, since the war has finally ended, he has returned to Frenchtown, a neighborhood in his hometown of Monument. However, he no longer has a face.
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Francis explains that he still has use of his senses, but he was horribly disfigured in the war. He needed skin grafts and dentures to repair most of the damage, though he is still missing his nose.
Francis begins his narration with a literal return to his childhood.
However, the intentional confusion he creates by saying he no longer has a face indicates that he has changed tremendously since he was a child and it gives the sense of an identity in flux. Active Themes.
The Simplicity of Childhood. Related Quotes with Explanations. After explaining his wounds, Francis begins to detail the ways in which he hides them.
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He completes his costume with his army fatigue jacket and his duffel bag , ensuring that people will recognize him as a wounded veteran. His duffel bag, which marks him as a veteran, represents the psychological baggage he carries from the war.
Appearance vs. Using some of the back pay he received during his time in the war hospital, Francis anonymously rents a room in Mrs.
Even though he used to run errands for her as a young boy, Mrs.
Belander fails to recognize Francis, just as he had hoped. When Francis is pleased by his ability to remain anonymous, it hints at a disconnect between his childhood and his present, confirming the fact that he does not see his return as a triumphant homecoming.
Anonymous still, Francis returns to St. Jude Church where he was once an altar boy and offers up prayers for the people in his life: his friend from the war hospital Enrico Rucelli , his deceased parents, his deceased brother Raymond , Nicole Renard , and finally he fights back his feelings of guilt and prays for Larry LaSalle , the man he intends to murder. Francis is able to ignore the guilt and hypocrisy of praying for a man he intends to murder, which shows that he sees the religion he grew up with as being ultimately compatible with violence.
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Back in his rented room, Francis tends to his wounds while reminiscing about his time in the war hospital. First he thinks of his doctor, Dr. Francis also remembers how his friend Enrico suggested, half jokingly, that if Francis truly wanted to get over his feelings for Nicole , he could find a new sweetheart at a home for the blind, using his status as a Silver Star hero to woo women who would not be bothered by his disfigurement.
It also establishes him as somewhat of an outcast in his community now that he has returned from war. Now finished reminiscing, he wonders if he will ever see her again, even though he has returned to their childhood hometown.
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