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How does the character of Stanley Yelnats change in "Holes"?

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How does the character of Stanley Yelnats develop within the novel? Throughout this essay I am going to show how Stanley's character develops within the novel. 'Holes' is about a boy called Stanley who is sent to a Young Offender's Institute, wrongly accused of stealing a pair of trainers. During his stay lots of things happen like making new friends, running away and even finding some treasure. Also digging lots of holes! At the beginning of the novel, we find out early on that Stanley is overweight, because it is mentioned that , "He was overweight and the kids at middle school often teased him about his size." Because of this, he is very sensitive and self-conscious. Later on in the book, however, the reader discovers that Stanley has lots a lot of weight by the time he has found Zero under the boat. We know this because Louis Sachar writes, "A couple of months ago, he would never have been able to fit through. ...read more.


Stanley learns to take responsibility for his own luck and becomes more mature. Stanley is very truthful. This is shown during the court scene when Stanley says, "I was walking home and the sneakers fell from the sky." to the judge. No one believed him. Later he realises that it might have gone better if he had lied a bit. Further on, he becomes a bit more sensible, taking blame for the sunflower seeds and not telling the Warden the true location of the lipstick tube, also when writing his letter home. He tries to make the letter to his mum sound comforting, telling her that he is having a great time with plenty of new opportunities. Throughout the novel, he learns to manipulate the truth to tell people what they want to hear, making life that bit better for him. Near the beginning, Stanley appears to be a family man, but rather lonely when it came to friends. ...read more.


Stanley can also fight if he has to. He isn't as soft anymore. Digging holes and living with the other boys has developed his character. One of the important points when looking at Stanley's character development, is the part where Stanley is up the mountain with Zero and he realises that, "he couldn't remember the last time he had felt happiness" At Camp Green Lake he has friends and he likes himself. He's not so depressed any more. A little later on, in the same scene, Stanley decides there is "no place he'd rather be" He now feels that it is destiny that made him go to Camp Green Lake, meet Zero, and eventually break the curse. He is no longer convinced it's just a coincidence, or bad luck, simply destiny. Stanley has realised what true happiness is, having a good friend to help and be with. The character of Stanley develops in many ways throughout the course of the story, but these are the main points. I think his personality has changed more than his physical strengths, but they have both changed tremendously. ...read more.

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There is a clear understanding of the character. However the analysis is not carried out in enough depth. Further analysis of structure is required to show how links can be made within the text.

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