Fist Stick Knife Gun Analysis

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Fist Stick Knife Gun, an autobiography by Geoffrey Canada and “The Wave”, a nonfiction movie by Morton Rhue deal with the issue of influence. They both suggest that teenagers are easily persuaded into thinking a certain way; When adults tell them it is the right thing to do they catch on. Mr. Ross in “The Wave” taught his students that discipline and community were all you needed to have a strong group of people. Geoffrey Canada from Fist Stick Knife Gun thought that violence was the only answer as a child because that is all he ever knew. In both situations peoples thinking is influenced greatly by others around them. “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind…show more content…
In “The Wave” Mr. Ross told his students that they had the power to start something, and Geoffrey Canada from Fist Stick Knife Gun was influenced by the others around him to fight and be violent. “You can have power to start something great if you learn through discipline” (Rhue). Mr. Ross told his students that they could become strong through discipline and under his influence they started “The Wave”. Geoffrey Canada was around fighting and violence his whole life and he was influenced by the people around him how he acted toward his problems. In both stories kids were influenced by adults. Fist Stick Knife Gun was pointed more towards violence. Geoffrey saw fighting all his life and thought that it was normal because his family told him so. “The Wave” by Morton Rhue was more about the power of other people’s say in things. Mr. Ross’ class made The Wave more powerful because everyone joined it and people thought it was the “right” thing to do. Both stories share a theme topic but have different messages. Fist Stick Knife Gun by Geoffrey Canada and “The Wave” by Morton Rhue both share the theme topic of influence. Teenagers can easily be persuaded into thinking something by the peers around them. “He who influences the thought of his times influences the times that follow” (Elbert Hubbard). The influence that people are under can go a long way and cause big things. Even when something starts out
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