“Holes” – A Critical Evaluation


How does Louis Sachar make Holes an effective narrative?

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· Author
· Date
· Gist
· Intention
“Holes”, by Louis Sachar, was published in 1998. It is the story of a young boy (Stanley Yelnats), who is sent to a correctional facility, where he must work for an evil camp warden. In the course of the story, he discovers his own family history. This essay will look at how Sachar makes the story more engaging for a reader.

·     It is effective by being self-referential
·     It is effective in its use of dual narrative
·     It is effective in its use of foreshadowing
·     It is effective in its characterisation

 

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