The novel “The Wave” by Morton Rhue is set at an ordinary US high school. For this reason, the main characters are largely teenagers who go to school there. Their history teacher Ben Ross, as well as some other faculty members and the students' parents also play important roles in the plot.
The characterization not only looks at the appearance and actions of the main characters Laurie, Ben Ross, David, Robert, Amy, and Brian, but also provides information regarding how they feel about the teaching experiment and how they change as a result. In particular, we examine in detail the character of Laurie Saunders and Ben Ross, who are in a way opposites.
The Wave is about belonging and division, about absolute identification with the movement or about resistance against its structures and its claim to power. This division is also reflected in the following character map, which assigns all the characters to one side and contrasts them.