How did the Yelnats family believe they were cursed, and how was the curse broken?
The Yelnats' family curse was originally placed on their "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather" by Madame Zeroni. The curse is a bad luck curse. The Yelnats family consistently has bad luck and finds themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is why Stanley winds up being blamed and punished for a crime he did not commit and is sent to Camp Green Lake. Madame Zeroni placed the curse on Stanley's great-great-grandfather for failing to carry out his promise to carry her up a specific mountain. The curse is finally broken when Stanley saves Zero's life (as well as his own) and carries him up that particular mountain. The reason that this action broke the family curse is because Zero is Madame Zeroni's descendant. His real name is Hector Zeroni, and chapter 50 shows readers evidence of the curse being broken by having the Yelnats family end up with great wealth.
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