Can I have a character analysis of the warden in the novel, Holes?Can you give this answer 1 a4 page long (can I have this before tomorrow)

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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The warden is a bitter and resentful woman. She has been searching her property (which has become Camp Green Lake) since childhood. She is both captivated and driven by the greed which drove her ancestor, Trout Walker. She uses the boys sent to the camp to dig for the treasure she believes is hers, whilst keeping herself in cool seclusion.

 She clearly has a vicious streak, as evidenced by her devising a nail polish made from rattlesnake venom. She uses this, and other spiteful means, to hurt and demean her employees as well as the young boys in her care.

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The warden is a bitter and resentful woman. She has been searching her property, which has become Camp Green Lake, since childhood,as she is captivated by the greed which drove her ancestor, Trout Walker. She uses the boys sent to the camp to dig for the treasure she believes is hers, whilst keeping herself in cool seclusion.

 She clearly has a vicious streak, as evidenced by her devising a nail polish made from rattlesnake venom which she also uses as a way to hurt and demeanher employees as well as the young boys in her care.

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yamaguchit | Student | (Level 1) Honors

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Lucky for you, there is already a great character analysis here on eNotes. I will make sure to include it at the bottom of my answer so you can access it really easily and get the best analysis possible!

The Warden, portrayed in the novel to be greedy, selfish, and haunted by a painful history and past, is not a very kind woman to say the least. Her search for various items is the reason the boys are digging holes in the first place. Her greed and selfishness is what leads to the suffering of these kids. Although they are placed there for a reason (committing a crime as juveniles), her unfair and corrupt vision makes these kids' lives that much worse than it already is.

The Warden gets so caught up in her own greed and pursuit of these materialistic items, that it leads to the ending of the book where she is in turn, the one who is arrested. It's quite ironice actually. The one who was disciplining and dishing out the punishment, in return is the one who gets the most punishment in the end. 

Here is that link that should be ever so useful: http://www.enotes.com/topics/holes/characters

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