Being in the wrong place at the wrong time all the time is real bad luck or can really lead you to believe in a curse from generations ago from your no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-grandfather. Louis Sachar has contributed to American literature by writing children’s books, in which his greatest strength as a writer is his creation of imagery that produces imagery in the reader’s head. In the novel Holes, by Louis Sachar one of Sachar’s themes of the novel is that obstructing promises can be a crucial characteristic depicting the way one will live the rest of his life, for example being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Sachar certifies this through his use of imagery, repetition, and situational irony. Louis Sachar was born in East Meadow, New York on March 20, 1954. He lived in East Meadow until he was in third grade, which is when he moved to Tustin, California.
His family life consists of his wife whom he married in 1985, and his only child, Carla who is now 26 years old. His father passed away during his first year of college. Louis Sachar is best known for his children’s books. He has won the 1998 United States National Book Award for Young People. He has also won the 1999 Newberry Medal for contributing the most to American literature for children.
Louis Sachar is known for one of his famous themes of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the novel Holes Stanley Yelnats has a serious case of bad luck because of this curse his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-grandfather is accused of stealing a pair of sneakers donated by the famous Clyde Livingston. Stanley Yelnats is the main character, who is always at the wrong place at the wrong time, by getting hit on the head with Clyde Livingston’s cleats after missing his bus. The setting of Holes takes place on a dried out lake in the desert of Texas known as Camp Green Lake.
The plot is that Stanley is an overweight boy, who is often bullied at school, he comes from a poor family and his father’s inventions always seem to be a failure. An example of the theme of being in the wrong place at the wrong time is that Stanley was hit on the head with a pair of sneakers, falling from the bridge above, after missing his bus. This is the best example of the theme of being in the wrong place at wrong time because of how unlucky can the character be after missing his bus, and then being hit with a pair of cleats on the head, and also getting
arrested for being accused of stealing the cleats. The historical event in Holes is the Old West Time, this suggests that the present is haunted by the troubles from the past. A social influence in the novel is that Stanley Yelnats was being bullied in his actual life when he attended school. This is the best social influence from the novel because it relates to the author. The theme relates to the author’s life because he was probably at the wrong place at the wrong time. When he lived in Tustin, he knew to avoid the orange trees because he would get beat up by oranges.
This event with the oranges and the bullies can also show the social influence of Stanley being bullied by the kids in his school. In Sideways Stories from Wayside School, the teachers turn the students into apples because they wouldn’t listen. This relates to Holes because the juveniles at Camp Green Lake were sent there to correct their lives and dig holes to build character as well as a type of punishment. In Sideways Stories from Wayside School, the school was supposed to be one story high, but was mistakenly built as a thirty story building.
In this fictional book the teachers turn the students, who are bad into apples. The teachers are turning all the students into apples until there are any more students, but a thirty story building filled with apples. There are not any main characters in this story because the book is thirty chapters long, each with a different story from each room in the building. The setting of Sideways Stories from Wayside takes place in a thirty story building. The plot of the book is about the teachers trying to get the students to pay attention in class, and not play around, when there is a substitute teacher.
A theme in Sideways Stories from Wayside School is to appreciate their regular teachers, and the amount of homework you are receiving could be worse. This is the best example of theme in this fictional book because it makes the reader appreciate the fact that your teachers could be worse, and this helps the readers realize that they could be having way more homework themselves. The historical event that is in Sideways Stories from Wayside School is that skyscrapers and tall buildings were being constructed during this time period. This shows that a large amount of tall buildings were being constructed according to buildings. com.
The social influence of this book is that many students complain about their teachers, and the amount of homework each student receives. This is the best social influence because the book describes how a horrible teacher would act with their students, and assign thousands of problems for homework. The theme mirrors Louis Sachar’s life because, as a kid he was a trouble maker. The historical event of skyscrapers being built mirrors Sachar’s life because he saw many new, tall buildings being constructed during his childhood. The influence for this book is that Sachar’s father worked in a three story building when he was younger.
Another social influence is that Sachar used to work at a school as a teacher’s aide, and saw that students would always complain about their teacher, and the amount of homework they got. The theme in Sideways Stories from Wayside School relates to the poem in Holes by stating that the person should have listened and been more open minded. The poem in Holes has a use of a repetition that expresses the theme in Sideways Stories from Wayside School. The use of repetition expresses the importance that “if only, if only” Stanley’s great grandfather would’ve kept his promise.
The poem in Holes is a song that Stanley’s no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-grandfather was taught by the psychic who put the cursed spell upon him and his descendants. The setting of the poem is in the woods because the poem involves the wildlife. The theme of this poem is that obleterating promises can be a crucial characteristic which is labeled among as you live the rest of your life. Most human beings cannot live with guilt in their lives. The historical event that relates to this is that psychics were accused of witchcraft (mostly women) in the early 1600’s according to Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts.
This poem has a spell in it that was helping Elya Yelnats out until he broke the promise with the psychic, Madam Zeroni. A social influence in this poem is the wildlife as well because the wildlife is perceived as if they were not intelligent at all. The wildlife is discriminated as well as labeled as brainless to most people in society today. The theme of the poem mirrors Louis Sachar’s life as a child because he would not listen to his parents when he was a little kid, according to scholastic. com.
This historical event was influenced by Louis Sachar’s life because throughout his life Sachar would break many promises, and not feel guilty about breaking them. Louis Sachar was influenced by the wild life when he lived in East Meadow because there was woods around there which reflects his social influence. Louis Sachar’s themes such as being at the wrong place at the wrong time, appreciating what you do have because it could be worse, and living with guilt can be a crucial characteristic changing how you live the rest of your life are best described with his use of imagery, repetition, and situational irony.
The use of imagery, repetition and situational irony through the novel Holes helps establish Sachar’s style. Imagery helps the reader visualize what Camp Green Lake is like. An example of this is how thirsty Stanley is throughout the beginning of the novel. The use of imagery contributes to Sachar’s style because this novel is told in third person point of view which helps the reader because the point of view of the narrator reveals everything that occurs.
Imagery helps Sachar express his theme of being in being at the wrong place at the wrong time because the imagery used in the novel can help the reader visualize what is occurring and helps the reader understand why. Throughout the novel Sachar uses repetition. An example of repetition throughout the novel is Sachar’s use of repetition his poem “If only, If only. ” Sachar’s use of repetition helps identify his style used in Holes because it displays why all the characters in the novel acted a certain way.
For example his grandpa is always blaming misfortune on Stanley’s no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-grandfather. Repetition helps elaborate the theme of keeping your promises because Sachar uses “If only, If only” throughout the novel to explain that decision making can be a difficult in life. Sachar also uses the rhetorical strategy of situational irony. The use of situational irony throughout the novel helps display Sachar’s style because the use of the third person point of view omniscient helps create suspense as well as keep the audience guessing what will come next.
An example of situational irony in the novel is when Stanley is hit with a pair of cleats, and is arrested for apparently stealing them. Situational irony throughout this novel helps reveal the theme because being in the wrong place at the wrong time can always turn out to be the opposite in the outcome. The use of imagery played the biggest role throughout the novel Holes because it helps the reader visualize what each camper at Camp Green Lake is feeling, and appeals to all of the five senses.
Even though these rhetorical strategies were found in Holes, they were also found in his poem and Sideways Stories from Wayside School. The use of imagery, repetition and situational irony helps create a humorous in Sideways Stories from Wayside School. The use of imagery in Sideways Stories from Wayside School helps establish Sachar’s sense of humor. An example of imagery that creates humor in this fictional book is that the school is thirty stories high, and that the school was built sideways. The use of imagery expresses Sachar’s feelings of humor. Sachar also uses repetition through his poem.
An example is when he says, “if only, if only” (56, Sachar). This helps show Sachar’s style of being serious. The use of repetition helps show Sachar’s seriousness as well as creating a foundation to the theme of keeping their promises by getting the reader to feel the guilt when not keeping his promise. Louis Sachar also uses situational irony in Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Sachar’s use of situational irony helps his style by him being humorous. A specific example of Sachar using situational irony in this fictional book is when the teachers turn the students into apples.
This helps contribute to his theme of being grateful for what one has and understanding that situations can always be worse. Louis Sachar’s use of humor helps contribute to his style in all of his works by contributing to his use of situational irony which displays his theme of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Louis Sachar expresses one of his themes in the novel Holes by displaying that obstructing promises can be a crucial characteristic depicting the way one will live the rest of his or her life, Sachar certifies this through his use of imagery, repetition, and situational irony.
This is true because his use of these rhetorical strategies showed a connection with his themes. All these rhetorical strategies help shape his style and help in humor because his use of situational irony displays his theme of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The main moral that Louis Sachar is trying to depict to the reader throughout his works is to be grateful for what you have, and realize that situations could always be worse.