Do your characters make choices that are true to their personalities and beliefs? So, if you loved the , why not check out the book too? Stanley thinks it is destiny that they met. They return to camp and unearth the treasure. As writers, however, it's all too easy to use our characters as wish fulfillment, playing out events as we'd ideally like them to occur rather than staying true to the characters we've developed. They survive on onions for more than a week and then return to camp, planning to search for Kate Barlow's treasure in the hole where Stanley found the lipstick tube. When Stanley becomes friends with Zero, however, X-Ray's system is threatened and he becomes hostile towards Stanley. Sachar writes the humorous plot of Holes in a straightforward manner; however, he weaves into the plot three subplots.
The subplots are tall-tale motifs that provide explanations about incidents involving previous Yelnats generations that significantly impact Stanley's life as well as the lives of others. Climax A New Stanley In an uncharacteristic display of initiative, Stanley makes a desperate attempt to help his friend. The town's citizens set out to lynch Sam because he had broken the law and kissed a white woman. Lucky for Stanley, the key to their curse just might be unlocked at Camp Green Lake. Why couldn't he just talk to the sailors in Greek himself? The boys are told that the digging will teach them to work hard, and eventually facilitate their rehabilitation into society, but in reality, the Warden has a hidden agenda. Stanley learns quickly that X-Ray is the unofficial group leader and that cooperating with X-Ray is essential to his survival.
Stanley also meets , another camp supervisor. The climb is hard, and Zero is so weak he cannot make it on his own power. The work is exhausting, especially in the shadeless heat of the day, and potentially dangerous: the lake is populated by yellow-spotted lizards, whose venom is strong enough to kill a person. At the top of the mountain, Stanley sings the lullaby that has been in his family for years. In the present day, Stanley and Zero find themselves at the thumb-shaped mountain that Stanley spotted from afar and they begin to climb it, hoping to find water.
They try to force her to reveal where she buried her loot, but she is bitten by a yellow-spotted lizard and dies. These interconnecting stories touch on themes such as racism, homelessness, illiteracy, and arranged marriage. Example: An all-powerful villain is easily defeated. In addition to being poor and unhappy, Stanley is now a convicted felon. He may still be unhappy, but at least things are on an even keel again. This in turn leads him to identify the dead man as a former baseball pitcher who quit playing when he wore out his arm.
Family Curse Of course, Stanley blames his on his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. Complication Zero Makes a Break for It Just when Stanley has worked out how he's going to survive his time at Camp Green Lake, everything changes. Together, the two struggle to survive and find a stash of 100-year-old spiced peaches - reduced now to juice - for survival. It won the 1998 U. Camp Green Lake is shut down, and the Warden sells the land to an organization that plans to turn it into a Girl Scout camp. However, he is smart and manages to stand for himself in the face of adversity, breaking Mr. One of the cops notices that Mr.
Example: A character seemingly forgets a vital piece of information they knew earlier in the story. Holes Author Louis Sachar Country U. However, there was a wireless camera watching the bomb all the time. Stanley found water and let Zero drink it and sang the lullaby. The town was once a thriving lake town with plenty of water and life. They agree that Stanley will teach Zero to read and Zero will dig half of Stanley's hole each day in return.
Elya did not take the pig up the mountain the last day, nor did he carry Madame Zeroni up the mountain. The Warden forbids any reading lessons and tells Stanley he has to dig his own hole. Fortune turns in favor of the Yelnats. For the sake of our stories, we must be willing to put in this hard work. X-Ray maintains his position as the leader of the boys even though he is one of the smallest and can barely see without his glasses.
Basically, it's a place for kids who have committed crimes. Conclusion Happily Ever After — Kind of In the book's final chapter, the narrator ties up a lot of loose ends and sets the reader's mind to rest. Each day, the boys arise at 4:30 A. From then on, the Yelnats family believed they were cursed with bad luck. A sequel to Holes entitled Small Steps was published in 2006 and centers on one of the secondary characters in the novel, Armpit. . We, too, can work to stay true to our characters as we find and fix our story's plot holes by first taking the time to , then interrogating our characters' choices throughout our stories in much the same way we did with our plots in the tip above.
Luckily, though, Stanley does what he's always done: he keeps his head down, doesn't make waves, and adapts to the realities of his new situation. Stanley is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile work camp, for his alleged crime. Stanley and the other boys at the camp are forced to dig large holes in the dirt every day. There are many ways to go about world-building, but putting in the time and effort is key to both avoiding plot holes as you write and knowing where to look for potential plot holes as you edit. Instead, he left Latvia on a ship for the United States of America and from that day on, experienced bad luck as a result of Madame Zeroni's curse. Forgetting his promise to Madame Zeroni, he moves to America to start a new life, falls in love, and marries, but he is beset by Zeroni's curse.