02 Oct 2009

Essays on Holes

The novel “Holes” is a book about a young boy who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  The family of young Stanley Yelnats (the Fifth of his family to wear that name) has been cursed due to his great great grandfather Elya Yelnats.  When Stanley was walking home one day a pair of shoes landed on him and the cops arrested him for stealing them from an orphanage.  Stanley chooses to go to a rehabilitation camp for boys rather than going to jail and that is where the excitement begins.  Learning the strength that lays hidden within him, Stanley manages to break not only the curse upon his own family, but the curse hanging over the once thriving desert community.

The author of Holes is Louis Sacher.  Sacher is an award winning author of over twenty one fiction and educational books for children.  Sacher began writing after teaching at an elementary school for school credit while in college at the University of California Berkley campus.  His experiences inspired him to begin writing children’s books like “Holes,” which he continued, even after becoming an attorney.  His passion for writing was so great that he eventually left the legal practice to write full time, giving birth to one of the most inspirational and prolific writing careers of our modern age.

The main interaction in this book is between the characters of Stanley Yelnats the Fifth and Zero.  Zero is a young boy at camp that he meets and befriends even though the other boys cannot stand him and think he is dumb because he cannot read.  Zero’s real name is Hector Zeroni.  Stanly learns that Hector is the great grandson of the woman who had cursed Stanley’s family due to Elya Yelnats. The relationship that develops between these two young boys plays a pivotal role in Stanley successfully breaking the centuries old curse upon his family and upon the camp.

The themes within Holes are as diverse as the characters involved.  Many an epic tale has been based upon the concept of the main character living under a curse or other cloud of misfortune.  Sacher wove such an intricate tale that it caught the attention of Hollywood and was immortalized upon the silver screen.  Interestingly enough, this is one book that the movie did justice.

Though in many ways students may find it difficult to fully associate themselves with Stanley Yelnats, the character Zero is another case.  Zero finds himself ostracized and ridiculed because of his lack of education, held back by the stigma of not being able to read.  Students today often find themselves similarly held back.  Not by the stigma of illiteracy, but by the lack of writing and research abilities.  Companies like ours attempt to fill this need in much the way Stanley did with Zero – by supplying him the type of help most beneficial to him.  All we need to help you is your order.

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