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Holes Symbolism

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Megan Sucy

on 27 April 2016

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Transcript of Holes Symbolism

What is Symbolism?
The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.
Water
Water represents hope and reward. It represents a physical need. It can be used as punishment as well. Water is essential to the lives of those who are entangled in the Holes Story.
Yellow-Spotted Lizards
They represent an ominous (threatening) sign. They didn't arrive in Camp Green Lake until the lake dried up. Now they represent death
and an ill fortune.
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A lot of people don't believe in curses.

A lot of people don't believe in yellow-spotted lizards either, but if one bites you, it doesn't make a difference whether you believe in it or not.
The Onions
Onions in the story are thought to be a healing factor. They are the life preservers. They have saved Becca's life and Stanley and Zero when they were in the hole trapped with the lizards. Lizards (the death omen) won't bite those with onion in their blood.
Nicknames
They represent identity and acceptance in the story. The boys give nicknames when they accept the new boy. Kate Barlow went from Ms. Katherine to Kissin Kate Barlow when her identity changed.
Holes Symbolism
Example: Clyde Livingston's shoes represent trouble in the story since it led to Stanley's arrest. It also represents destiny since Zero threw them to make them hit Stanley.
Quote: "Stanley couldn't help but think that there was something special about the shoes, that they would somehow provide the key to his father's invention. It was too much of a coincidence to be a mere accident. Stanley had felt like he was holding destiny's shoes."
"It ain't just a nickname," X-Ray told Mr. Pedanski. He tapped the rim of his glasses. "I can see inside you, Mom. You've got a big fat heart."
That all happened one hundred and ten years ago. Since then, not one drop of rain has fallen on Green Lake. You make the decision: Whom did God punish?
"He said that onions were good
for the digestion, the liver, the
stomach, the lungs, the heart,
and the brain. "If you don't believe me, just look
at old Mary Lou here. She's never been sick
a day in her life."
God's Thumb
God's thumb is a symbol of hope and motivation. It is also a place of refuge for not only Stanley's great-grandfather but also Stanley and Zero. It was where Sam grew his life-giving onions.
His only hope was that Zero had found God's
thumb on his own. It wasn't impossible.
Holes
There are so many meanings to this symbol. It is a symbol of torture that the boys had to go threw. It represents the holes in the story. It represents hidden treasures such as Kate
But even as he thought this, an even crazier idea kept popping into his head. He knew it was too crazy to even consider.

"You want to dig one more hole?" Stanley asked [Zero].
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