How you would you feel if you were under a curse that brought you bad luck. For Stanley Yelnats, bad luck is part of his daily life.
Antagonist - The Warden
Holes takes place in the hot desert of what used to be a lake. This dried lake is called Green Lake located in Texas. The temperature in this parched lake bed is so high it feels like summer all year round. The only thing the lake bed is saturated with holes.
Conflict - Character vs. enviroment
Stanley Yelnats is a big, tall, and heavy kid who is shy and timid. He often lacks self confidence. Throughout the story, Stanley changes physically and mentally.
The warden has red hair and is mostly mean. Even the camp counselors have to fear being hit or poisoned by her. She rules with an iron fist and likes intimidation.
One of the conflicts in Holes is the enviroment. While spending all day in the hot sun with no water is bad, imagine digging six foot holes under these conditions. For the boys at camp green lake, dehydration is normal. Digging holes is hard let alone six foot deep ones in the desert. The first hole is always the hardest.
The theme of Holes by Louis Sachar is that Justice will always be served. This theme is shown by The Warden eventually paying the price for everything she did.