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Holes - Author's Use of Sub Plots and their Effectiveness

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E X P L O R E T H E A U T H O R ' S U S E O f S U B - P L O T S A N D T H E I R E F F E C T I V E N E S S In the book Holes, the author, Louis Sachar has effectively made use of sub-plots throughout the book to indirectly help the readers in understanding the plot and enhance their understanding of the story and literally help the readers 'fill in the holes' left unfilled by the writer. In this essay, I shall look at two of the sub-plots mentioned in the book and show how they help the readers and hence are effective. First, I will look at the sub plot of Kate Barlow and Sam. This Sub-Plot helps us to understand why Kate Barlow became an outlaw. We are told that Kate was a schoolteacher whom Charles Walker, the son of the richest person in the county, asked to marry, but she refused and he was greatly offended by this. ...read more.


Kate was killed by a yellow spotted lizard leaving it up to Walker and his wife to dig out the treasure. All that Kate told them was, "I sure hope you like to dig, because you're going to be digging for a long time. You and your children and their children can dig for the next hundred years and you'll never find it." This is a very important sub plot, as it tells us why the camp was made where it was and why the campers were made to dig holes everyday and it also proves what Kate Barlow said about having to dig for a very long time and not find the loot, is true. Firstly, the warden was related to Linda Miller and so, she formed the camp exactly where Kate Barlow had lived. She made the campers dig holes everyday, as it was the best way to dig out the treasure in the least amount of time and it was a good disguise as well because neither the authorities, nor the campers knew why they were digging, they were only told that they were digging for character building, and they were instructed that if they ever found anything, they were to give it either to the warden or Mr. ...read more.


The readers have the job of fitting them in the right place in order to be able to completely understand the plot and have no questions or doubts left in their minds about the story. They may seem confusing at first, but later on, they all seem to join up and fill in the blanks in the story. Sub-plots are like different stories within the main plot and they help us understand why things happen in the book, or why different characters say things when they do, and so, to conclude, I would like to say that the sub-plots in the book have very effectively been used as they answer questions that may arise in the reader's mind whilst reading and they give us a better understanding of the actual plot and enable us to be able to link the stories in the sub-plots and the actual plot of the book and be able to clearly see the connections in between, and surely without them, even after finishing the book, we would be left wondering about various issues and it would be up to us to bridge up the distance between different events and fill in the holes entirely on our own, which would definitely be a tiring and confusing job! Reference: HOLES by Louis Sachar ...read more.

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