Holes Poem Analysis

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The two poems in the book Holes, have contrasting meanings and purposes, but they both help the reader to comprehend the story. The meaning of the first composition is that it is very hard to be content with what you have and the circumstances you are in. The wood did not fulfill the woodpecker’s desires. The wolf was lonely. In the book, Stanley consistently was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and he often thought back to some of those situations and wondered how they would have been different if he would have solely done something else. As the author commented, “Stanley told the truth, but perhaps it would have been better if he had lied a little. He could have said he found the shoes in the street” (25). “If Zero had just kept…show more content…
It reassures us that Hector and his mother were reunited and are satisfied together. The author admits, “She wasn 't very old, but her skin had a weathered look to it, almost like leather. Her eyes seemed weary, as if she 'd seen too many things in her life that she didn 't want to see. And when she smiled, her mouth seemed too big for her face” (233). This description alone is not enough for the reader to know for sure if this woman is Hector’s mother or not, but the poem helps the reader to infer that it is because of it’s motherly tone. The poem also helps the reader to infer that Stanley’s family is happily reunited once and for all. The reader knows that Stanley’s family is close and that they love each other by the way Stanley and his mother exchange letters. The author suggests that Stanley cares about his mother because he had promised to write to her once a week (6). Though, after his family is reunited the text never states if his family is satisfied again or if have changed in Stanley’s absence about the way they get along. The poem at the end helps the reader to infer that it does go well though because of the positive tone. This composition applies to the reader because it tells the reader to always be strong, even if you are small. The poem reads, “Be strong my weary wolf…” (233). This is a good reminder to the reader that life may seem monotonous, but if we pay attention, the littlest actions can make an immense difference. All in all, that is why the second version of the poem is at the end of the
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