In order to analyze the novel The Wave by Morton Rhue, we must first look at its main characteristics. First, we examine the structure of the work, which follows the pattern of a classic drama and progresses toward a climax.

We highlight Morton Rhue's narrative style as well as illustrate the language within the novel with appropriate and descriptive textual examples. 

We will end our analysis by discussing the symbol of the Wave and how it affects its followers.


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At many points in the novel, however, the dialogue narrative style predominates. It allows opinions to be expressed and permits discussions within the group. For example, when Ben Ross discusses The Wave and its development with Director Owens or his wife Christy, opposing positions are made clear in this way: 

‘I happen to know that they’re all keeping up on their reading,’ Ben said. ‘Some of them are even reading ahead. It’s as if they suddenly love being prepared for class.’ ‘Or they’re suddenly afraid of being unprepared,’ his wife observed. But Ben ignored her comment. ‘No, I really think they’ve improved. At least, they’re behaving better.’ Christy shook her head. ‘These can’t be the same kids I have for music.’ (Chapter 7, 71%-86%)

However, the dialogue does not only serve to highlight contrary views. It also stresses the conformity that exists within the history classroom as The Wave progresses. For the most part, the students agree that The Wave...

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