“Jan. 31, 2013 (Review of The Wave)
Theme: To not blindly follow a group because of what it promises. I really like how the theme came out of the story. At first the theme was very clear in the beginning of the book because it was the lesson Mr.Ross was trying to teach his students. Then as the book progressed the message was somewhat lost in the book as the real meaning of the wave was lost as well. Then i liked how the theme was mentioned again at the end which makes you realize that throughout the whole book that was what was being shown even though it is not obvious in the middle of the book.
To what extent does power or the lack of power affect individuals?
In the wave, the lack of power i think really affects the character Robert Billings. Robert Billings is the typical high school loser who has no friends and everyone forgets about him, so when Mr. Ross introduces The Wave and the fact that it stands for unity, Robert loves it. He suddenly has friends and is no longer ignored or picked on. His lack of power made him want power real bad and now that he has it, he is consumed in it and doesn't realise what it is doing to him and everyone else in a bad way. ”
Conchita, You picked a pivotal character to focus on how power affects individuals. Good! Next time you talk/write about this question, include some specific text evidence to support your ideas. 9/10
On pg.38 the author showed how much Robert Billings was interested in power by practicing the wave in the mirror in the bathroom. Through this scene the author also explains how important the wave movement and the power it symbolised affected this certain individual, Robert Billings.
Conchita, I like how you followed the theme throughout the book without spoiling the ending. Good! 10/10