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THE WAVE: LITERATURE NOTES / BOOK SUMMARY
David first expresses a pluralistic attitude for The Wave in his belief
that different opinions are allowed in The Wave. In this way, his idealism
takes another complex turn: he is able to balance both the needs of the
community with the needs of the individual. Robert is more protective
of The Wave and boils down its tenets to a very basic equation: above
all else, the community must be preserved. This is an echo of the notion
that the first duty of a community is to maintain itself. In the simplistic
stance taken by most Wave members, opinions expressing anything contrary
to this are thus antithetical to the community and its values.
Ben Ross is not sure what to make of The Wave. Recruitment is a success, and his history class has become packed. The class is doing well and not falling behind, but the students now rely more on rote memorization and short answers rather than critical thinking which requires longer answers. Biology teacher and football coach Norm Schiller has thanked Ben for The Wave, as it seems to be helping the team as they prepare against Clarkstown. Students give him different answers for why they like The Wave: that it's something new, that it's democratic, even that they enjoy the increased discipline.
Meanwhile, Laurie and the staff of the Grapevine are having difficulty
coming up with material for the next issue. When The Wave is mentioned,
Laurie hesitates at first but agrees, asking the staff to gather the opinions
of other students about this phenomenon. That night, Laurie's mother Midge
talks to her: she ran into Elaine Billings, ecstatic about the changes
in her son Robert, who she had been previously deeply concerned over.
Laurie's Mom isn't as sure that what's happening to Robert is a good thing,
as it follows the pattern of cults and the kinds of people attracted to
them. Asked about the Wave Rally this coming Friday afternoon, Laurie
tells her it's jut a football pep rally with a different name. Mrs. Saunders
is surprised that none of this concerns Laurie, who thinks it's just a
fad. Alone, Laurie isn't as set in her convictions and is indeed worried.
The reference to Time magazine in this chapter is important, as it indicates two things: Ben Ross' desire for wider recognition for his teaching abilities, as well as the belief that the problem of disaffected, undisciplined students is a national concern. The humor of the Grapevine staff is again distinctly anti-authoritarian in nature, though now it seems more pointed than before.
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