Louis Sachar Essay by Master Researcher

Louis Sachar
This paper examines how Louis Sachar makes light out of darkness in "Holes."
# 87866 | 2,250 words | 2 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Literature (Children)

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The paper reviews the sorts of characters that Sachar creates in his work and discusses how he utilizes unity of character and action, different types of characters and epiphany to create a truly memorable work. Beyond that, the paper emphasizes the idea of the inversion of things being transformed into the exact opposite of what they are.

From the Paper:

"In chapter 4 of Rebecca J. Lukens' "A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature," the author writes, "We often have the superior notion that children are too immature to recognize what makes a whole human being, or to see how people can be one thing at one time and become something else with the passage of time or events....(but) Children can catch many of human nature's subtleties" (75). The beauty of Louis Sachar's "Holes" lies not only in its redemptive theme but in its subtle exposition of how, in children's books as in life, things are not always as they appear. Like Hans Christian Andersen's "Ugly Duckling," Stanley is one thing at the beginning of his journey and something else - his true self - at the end of his journey."

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