Stanley Yelnats

Stanley Yelnats

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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up… in Texas. His family has always suffered from bad luck, but they love each other and manage to scrape by.

Living… in Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility. Stanley was convicted of stealing a valuable pair of shoes, but he was innocent. Despite this, he was shipped off to a camp in the middle of the desert.

Profession… hole-digger. The Warden of the camp says that digging holes builds character, but Stanley suspects there’s more to it. Why else would they make teenaged boys dig endless holes in the middle of the desert?

Relationship Status… single. As for friends, he’sslowly becoming close with another camper, called Zero. The other boys and even the counselors say that Zero is stupid, but Stanley suspects that there’s more to the quiet, small boy than that.

Challenge… figuring out what’s really going on at Camp Green Lake, while trying to survive it. The Warden is clearly looking for something, but it’s hard to figure out what it is when Stanley is tired, thirsty, and overheated from working in the desert sun.

Personality… a little hapless, analytic, and kind. Stanley’s heard about his family’s bad luck his whole life, and now he doesn’t really expect anything to go well for him. Instead of that making him depressed, though, it makes him empathetic. He notices small details and pieces together mysteries, and though he’s frequently subject to bullying, he doesn’t become one himself.


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