Holes Essay

March 31, 2018 General Studies

Holes essay, A good novel consists of exciting characters, an interesting setting, plot and story line, but most importantly a good novel conveys certain ideas about different messages the author is trying to get across, Louis Satcher in the novel holes does exactly this. Throughout the novel Satcher is constantly conveying the message of racial tolerance and intolerance, perseverance and has used clever techniques such as linking references from the past with the present to create an interesting novel filled with important themes about life.

Satcher is constantly showing discrimination throughout the novel, one way he has done this is through the character of Stanley. He shows this when Stanley is sent away even though he is innocent and it is due to the fact that he was not from a wealthy family and could not afford a lawyer, This is one example of the way Satcher creates discrimination throughout the novel, Stanley is discriminated against because he is from a poor family. Another example of discrimination in Holes is racism.

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Satcher is constantly switching between racial tolerance and intolerance through the changing context of the setting. An example of intolerance of other races is shown in the parts of the novel set in 1890s where ‘Sam the onion man’ (a young negro boy) kisses Kate Barlow (a white woman) and due to the fact that Sam is a Negro he is murdered. Irony is another written technique used here to show the racism ‘That’s our school house, it shows how much we value education’ This is ironic as Sam is the one who made the school house so great yet he is not allowed to attend school because he is a negro.

We see Satcher show the racial tolerance side of the story in the parts of the novel set in modern day Camp Green Lake. All the boys at camp Green Lake get along no matter what race each other are because ‘out in the lake it doesn’t matter what color skin you’ve got, everyone’s the same’. This shows the racial tolerance and how over time Races have become more accepting of one another and learnt to get along no matter what skin color. One of the things that I enjoyed about the novel was the constant message of perseverance, the never give up always keep trying attitude.

An example of this is shown through Stanley’s father. Not only do we do we see this through things others say about him such as ‘ Stanley’s father had a real lot of perseverance’ we also see it through things he does, he perseveres with his hunt to find a way to recycle old sneakers, although it makes the house stink and his family poor he preservers until finally he is successful. Perseverance is also shown through the character of Zero in the way that he is so desperate to learn to read and write.

We see this when zero is even willing to dig Stanley’s whole in the ‘blistering heat’ so that he can learn to read and write and be like everyone else, So he perseveres until he has learnt to read and write. Perseverance isn’t always a positive thing in the novel. We see perseverance have a negative message through the character of the Warden. Her many years of hard work and perseverance to find Stanley’s grandfathers suitcase have turned her into an obsessive, bad person. This is shown when she strikes Mr.

Sir on the face with her nails of rattlesnake venom this is a situation in the novel where perseverance has become a negative thing. Humor throughout the novel was created by using funny and unusual things such as smelly feet, peaches and onions to create the connection between the past and the present camp Green Lake, and also to create links between the characters. Some examples of these links are Trout Walker, from olden day camp Green Lake and Clyde Livingston both suffering from the same smelly foot disease.

Another example of these links is when Stanley finds the lipstick that once belonged to ‘Kissin Kate Barlow’ of old Camp Green Lake. Irony is also used in creating the links from old camp Green Lake to Modern Camp Green Lake, an example of this is that Kate Barlow robbed Stanleys great grandfather and is the reason that you and your family are so poor now, and yet when you gain a lot of money at the end of the novel it is because of her.

So from the points I have mentioned such as the realistic themes and messages conveyed such as racial tolerance, intolerance, discrimination and perseverance, the use of clever written techniques such as irony and the constantly changing context of the setting from the past Camp Green Lake and the modern Camp Green Lake and the interesting use of humour throughout the novel with the links between the past and the present Satcher has created a great novel


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