Holes

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It is ironic how sometimes, in the most improbable place, during the most unthinkable situation, and under the most unlikely circumstances, friendships can blossom. This is true in the book Holes, by Louis Sachar. Stanley Yelnats and Hector Zeroni, also known as Caveman and Zero, were two boys that lived and worked in Group D at Camp Green Lake. All of the boys in Group D develop a type of friendship, as strange as it may seem. However, Stanley and Zero develop a deeper bond of friendship with each other, which is not surprising, judging from what the two went through with each other.

In my opinion, friends are people who have a connection between them, a bond. Friends can't be too alike, because that can cause problems. But friends can't be too different either, or else they will never agree on anything. To function properly, it takes compromise"¦give and take.

Stanley and Zero's strengths and weakness compliment each other throughout the story. Some examples are with the holes. "Zero was the smallest kid in Group D, but he was the first one to finish digging." (Page 37). "Again, Stanley was the last one to finish digging." (Page 55). When it comes to surviving on Big Thumb, digging holes becomes important"¦it's the two boys' source of water. Friends also must be loyal, and dependable. Stanley, despite being tired and weak, carried Zero up the mountain to Big Thumb.

Stanley and Hector's friendship was a healthy one. Regardless of their past, they became friends. In a place like Camp Green Lake, where you come from or what you did to get there no longer matters. It's just holes, day in, and day out. The two developed a friendship from the time they met and Stanley started teaching Hector to read. Their friendship grew through their adventures on the mountain and then through the end of the novel. I'm sure that it continued on past the end of Camp Green Lake, as well.