"Think Before You Do"
March 25, 2010 - 12:15pm — carmenma
A theme is the message or lesson the author wants you to learn from the story. I think the theme I think fits best for Thank-You Ma’am and Holes is, “Think before you do.”
In Thank You Ma’am, Roger should have thought about what could happen as a result of stealing Mrs. Jones purse. Instead, he just went along with his plan. Roger never thought about his punishment. Even though Roger stole, it led to a positive outcome. He wound up getting food, money and his face washed. It seem so that Roger learned his lesson.
In Holes, the characters should have thought before acting as well… Stanley stealing the water truck, Zero stole the sneakers, and Stanley taking the shoes that fell from the freeway. But, these actions led to good outcomes. When Stanley took the shoes, his father’s invention became successful. Also, when Zero steals the shoes, he ends up learning how to read and write and even forms a friendship with Stanley.
From Thank-You Ma’am and Holes, we can compare the two characters, Roger and Zero. Roger and Zero were both poor. They were also homeless. Both Roger and Zero’s problem was different but a bit the same. Roger wanted new shoes but he couldn’t afford it, so he decides to steal. Zero usually took things. One time he took a pair of shoes. He didn’t know it was stealing though. The next day, he got sent to a horrible camp. Both characters can’t seem to always get what they want. The similarity of both characters was that, their problem both had to do with stealing.
In conclusion, I can make a text-to-self connection. One day when I was 9 years old, I was hungry. I wanted cup noodles. My brother made some for himself but none for me. I asked him if he could help me, but he said “no”. I got impatient and decided to make it myself. I got myself a cup noodle, went to the dispenser to fill it with hot water. In the beginning I did fine; but as it began to get to the middle, the paper got in the way and it got melted. Soon enough, it overflowed and I burnt myself. It hurt so much that I started to cry. My brothers rushed to come and help me. I got mad at myself afterwards. I really, really learned my lesson. “Think before you do”!!!!