Holes by Louis Sachar
Analyze the novel as a refutation of self-pity. You might look at the cosmic battle between hope and despair while looking at the following: (1)Imagery of despair and hope. (2)The conflict between predestination (curse) and free will (Stanley's transformation). (3)Show the poisoning and crippling effects of self-pity, not just for Stanley but the woman who lost her lover the Onion Man, how her impeded love turned to evil. (4)Show the transcending power of altruism and empathy as the "answer" to the "human condition," that we all carry curses within us, curses that aren't necessarily our fault, curses that are unjust but nevertheless must be purged.
Find someone who's suffered an injustice.
Part I: Describe the injustice
Part II: Show how the person succumbed to rancor + self-pity (show Part II is real curse)
Paragraph 1: Summarize Holes in terms of Stanley overcoming his curse.
paragraph 2: However, my freind X....
in class note:
1.sour grape(fortitude) 2.refusal to humble himself 3.addicted to grievances 4.disaffected
5.social ineptness 6.they become master of the faux pas
7.self fulfilling paranoia
8.become a contrived rebel reject popular
9.chip on the shoulder
10.wears mask of hauteur
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