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The Wave

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How do the Main Characters' views on "The Wave" change? By Luke Warner English Essay The book "The Wave" is about a history class experiment. Most people in Gordon High School are enjoying being part of a large society; however what they do not know is how the "Wave" is spreading - by force. Set in Paulo Alto, California, in 1969, this book proves that although society may not notice it, its spread could be done in a forceful and pressurising manner. This essay will study the book and its characters. This book focuses on four main characters: Laurie Saunders, Robert Billings, Christy Ross, and Laurie's mum. Laurie Saunders is a popular A-Grade student, who is also the Editor-in-Chief of the "Gordon Grapevine," (The school newspaper). Robert Billings is the typical class-loser who is not accepted by the school, or its students. Laurie's mum is a "worry-wart," who is always firmly against the Wave. ...read more.


Towards the middle of "The Wave" some of the opinions have changed. Laurie is firmly against the Wave. She is one of the few pupils in the school who is not in the Wave, so she is hated by its members. She published an article in the Grapevine, which contains the truth about what the Wave was doing to those against it. However Robert Billings still is a big member of the Wave. The change in Robert is the most notable of any character in the book. Ever since he joined the Wave, he has become a large contributor to the school. In the middle of the book he asked Mr. Ross if he could be his bodyguard, to prove his strong beliefs in the Wave. After Laurie published the article about the Wave, he says that Laurie must be "silenced." This shows that he always fears for the existence of the Wave. ...read more.


Mrs. Saunders is not in the rest of the book, but we can assumer that due to numerous parents complaining about the Wave, she also was strongly against it and also complained. We can infer that she was incredibly worried about Laurie after David Collins attacked her. Robert was definitely the one who missed the Wave the most. When Mr. Ross exclaimed that everyone would be "good little Nazis" and when everyone left, he stood there in despair, tears streaming down his face. We can infer that after the Wave, he would take a better attitude towards school, life and himself. "The Wave" is one example of how youth can be affected by a trend, or a new style. It also proves that extremist and totalitarian regimes are not able to manipulate and control a whole entire population. Laurie states in the book: "not everyone will follow it, not everyone will agree." This is a very true statement, which has been proven throughout history. No Dictator is able to inspire everyone; there will always be those against them. This book ultimately proves that. ...read more.

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