Fascism in the Classroom Essay

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In Ben Ross’ History class, he conducts an experiment in his lesson after being asked about the Nazi movement in a previous lesson. His experiment is a movement in which he creates in his classroom entitled “The Wave”. “ The Wave” is a group the class is the first to become apart of, which is soon followed by an alarming amount of other students from Gordon high. During the journalistic novel of The Wave Morton Rhue uses imagery and symbolism to convey the theme of power through unity. This is seen through the motif of “ The Wave” itself; A wave is a force of nature that washes over everything in its path, just as the Nazi Movement did. As the novel continues “ The Wave” begins to literally take on its characteristics and becomes unstoppable. Conveying the class’s mass strength and power. The appeal of power to the impressionable teenagers continues through Mr Ross’ repetitive and rhetorical question, “ I’m talking about power. I’m talking about success. Success through discipline. Is there anyone who isn’t interested in power and success?”, emphasising the influence of power on the students, birthing the concept of power through unity. In the craftsmanship of the “ The Wave” Ben Ross is unaware of the ability is has to manipulate members of “ The Wave”. This can be seen through the characterisation of David throughout the book as ‘Mr Popular’; he is the “running back of the football team,” and is well liked by the kids at Gordon High. David was on board with the movement of “ The Wave” from the start, the omniscient narrator expressing his thoughts when being taught about “ The Wave”; “… There had been a feeling of group unity… Suppose you took that and put it in the football team.” It is clear he is affected by the movement and can only see the positive outcomes that “The Wave” can have. However, as the book goes on David’s personality changes– as the wave

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