Character Analyze for The Wave

The Wave is a book written by Tedd Strasser, it is about a teacher Ben Ross having an experiment that went too far, and caused a lot of problems. In this multimedia I made a character analyze poster that analyzed some characters in the story, For example, a character called Robert was an outcast and then he turned into a leader. Also the teacher Ben Ross was the teacher that had power and took control over the students. ““I know what they’re saying about me. That I’m crazy with power…that I’m on an ego trip.” In this quote, this is Ben Ross saying about his power. Laurie Sanders in the story she grows and changes throughout the story. She is very popular in her school. “Honey, just remember that the popular thing is not always the right thing.” This quote is Laurie Sanders and her mother having a conversation that popular is not a good thing, but popular is Laurie Sanders personality. Also, another character called Robert he used to be an outcast and after the experiment, he turned into a winner.

Character Analyze for The Wave By: Todd Strasser

The Wave is a book written by Todd Strasser. In this book, there are a variety of themes: education, power, and identity. In this book, it talks about the main character Lourie having a conflict with the wave. Also in this book, it includes some background history, about the German Nazi, the Holocaust, and also World War II.

The major theme inside this book is education. During the eight days of the experiment from the teacher Ben Ross, and the student at Gordon High School. This book explained the perspective from the teacher and how hard it is to control the students, and so he started with the experiment that went a bit too far. “Ben’s students spoke of his intensity – the way he got so interested and involved in a topic that they couldn’t help but be interested.” In this short quote from the story, it analyzes that Ben Ross loves teaching history, and using his way of experiment forcing the students to get interested into the topic, which connects back to the main theme education.

Another main theme is power, in this book teacher was teaching about Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. But while teaching his students about this famous history, he was exposing students to dangerous experiment by abusing his power and taking control over the students. Identity is an important theme in this book. The students at Gordon high were changing their identities under a drastic undergo just in a short period of time. For example, one of the character Robert he goes from a total outcast and turned into a leader of the pack. Also, the student that has a strong sense of personal identity such as Laurie Sanders, she resists to joining The Wave. “As they got into the correct order, they couldn’t help noticing that Robert was at the head of the line. “The new head of the class,” someone whispered […].” In this quote, it supports the theme of identity, because The Wave can be a new opportunity and a new identity for Robert. Connecting to the real world, if this happened there could be devastating consequences.

In conclusion, this is one of the best books I have ever read. In this book, it includes some important lessons and decisions that had a huge impact on me. Also, this book had some background information that guides the reader to know more and understand more about this book. Mainly, the major themes education, power, and identity, are really good themes, it had impacted me, and made me think of the education inside our school, and also connecting to the real world who has the power now?  Also connecting to the people that have more than two nations, and how does the identity influence their personality trait and behavior.