Holes: Themes & Analysis

Instructor: Jill Purdy
In this lesson, you will learn about the themes in the book 'Holes'. Stanley Yelnats has so many odd things happen that there must be a reason. Could they be because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather?

Stanley and Zero

Friendship is important in everyone's life. Maybe you have a best friend. In Louis Sachar's Holes, the main characters Stanley and Zero were brought together by fate and digging holes at Camp Green Lake.

Digging Holes
Digging Holes

Themes and Analysis

Friendship

As the story begins, Stanley is unhappy and has no friends. Through a series of strange events, he is arrested for a crime he did not commit and sent to Camp Green Lake. At Camp Green Lake there is no lake, no swimming...just digging.

The conditions at the camp are horrible. The boys must dig holes every day in unbearable heat and avoid the deadly Yellow-Spotted Lizards. No one would ever think of finding friendship at such a place. But through fate, Stanley and Zero develop a lasting friendship.

One important theme in this story is friendship. The bond between Stanley and Zero is so strong that it earns them their freedom. Remember in the story where, ''Stanley took hold of Zero's forearms and pulled him upright. He stood up lifting Zero's worn out body off the ground''. This is one way Stanley showed friendship.

Can you think of other ways that Stanley showed his friendship to Zero?

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