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The Wave

The Wave

by Todd Strasser

Identity Quotes

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Quote #1

If they were studying the political system, he would divide the class into political parties. If they studied a famous trial, he might assign one student to be the defendant, others to be the prosecution and defense attorneys, and still others to sit on the jury. (1.14)

Ben realizes that for his students to really get something out of the study of history, they need to see how it's relevant to their lives. One way to do this? Role-play. By trying on these different identities, by acting out history, students are able to relate to it.

Quote #2

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 […]. (5.32)

Robert is the school outcast. For him, The Wave is an opportunity for a new identity. What do you think? Did it work?

Quote #3

"But still, people have to do things in their own way. You talk about the greatness of this country and you're talking about people who weren't afraid to act as individuals." (7.12)

Laurie's mother argues that it was single individuals who helped make the U.S. a strong country. This emphasis on individual over group identity is very influential for Laurie and it causes her to question The Wave and everything it stands for. But tell us: do you agree? Why or why not?

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