Holes Essay

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Stanley Yelnats has a history of being in the wrong place and the wrong time. He was even wrongly accused of stealing a pair of old sneakers that was owned by a baseball player. He was sent to a juvenile correction center, Camp Green Lake. On Camp Green Lake there is nothing green and no lake, there are also no metal bars, electric fences, and no guard towers, all there is are a few cabins and tents in the middle of nowhere. If the campers tried to run they would be “buzzard food”. Each day every camper has to dig a hole that is five feet in all directions and five feet deep. The Warden says its to build character, but really it is because the Warden is secretly searching for something.
Stanley’s family has an interesting history through the generations. His family’s bad luck started all with great-great-grandfather, Elya Yelnats. Elya took a pig from a gypsy to help him impress the father of a beautiful girl in hopes of marrying her, the gypsy made a deal with Elya. The deal was for Elya to carry the pig up a moutain so it can drink from it’s river every day for the next forty days, then after forty days he was to carry the old gypsy, Madame Zeroni, up the moutain so she could drink from it’s river, she warned Elya if he failed to do this that he will have bad fortunes even through the generations. This history weaves in and out of Stanley’s...

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