How is the conflict of Stanley and the curse resolved in Holes?

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The ancestral curse under which Stanley Yelnats and his family live is broken when Stanley carried Zero down from the Big Thumb. This of course reverses the failure of his great-great-grandfather Elya Yelnats in not carryin Madame Zeroni, Zero's ancestor, up the mountain as thanks for the counsel he received from her. The resolution of this conflict is therefore shown through good luck coming back to Stanley's family, which is indicated in Chapter 50, where the story comes to an end. Even though Stanley's mother is adamant that there never was a curse, readers might think otherwise:

The reader might find it interesting, however, that Stanley's father invented his cure for foot odour the day after the great-great-grandson of Elya Yelnats carried the great-great-great-grandson of Madame Zeroni up the mountain.

The end of the conflict between Stanley and his family and the curse that they have been living under for generations is therefore indicated through not only the sudden wealth that the treasure brings the Yelnats family but also the invention of his father that likewise brings them wealth. Having cancelled out the bad action that brought the curse down on the Yelnats family in the first place, Stanley breaks the curse and brings wealth and happiness back to his family.

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