by Todd Strasser
The Wave Violence Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"Today after school a boy was beaten up," her father said. "Now I got this story secondhand, so I don't know if it's all accurate. But apparently there was some kind of rally at school today, and he had resisted joining this Wave game or said something critical about it." (12.75)
It's not clear just how much violence happens as a result of The Wave. We aren't ever really given the full details of the event Laurie's dad is talking about. But the point is, after less than a week, The Wave seems to be making the general atmosphere at school more violent. And that just can't be a good thing.
It turned out the boy had not been hurt badly, only roughed up by a couple of hoods. There was some uncertainty over whether it was over The Wave, or whether The Wave was just an excuse the hoods had used to start a fight. However, one of the hoods had called the boy a dirty Jew. (13.36)
This detail wasn't in the original account of the real-life version of The Wave. Why do you think the writers would add a detail like this? How does it change the story?
"Amy, I'm serious. The Wave is hurting people. And everyone is going along with it like a flock of sheep. I can't believe that after reading this you'd still be part of it. Don't you see what The Wave is? It's everybody forgetting who they are." (14.7)
Evidence that The Wave might be causing physical violence convinces Laurie that she has a responsibility to warn people about it. She's also concerned about what could be considered psychological violence: she thinks The Wave is forcing people to give up their personal identities in order to be part of the group.