Two historical contexts are of particular importance for understanding the novel The Wave by Morton Rhue: on the one hand, the late 1960s in the USA and, on the other, the period of National Socialism in Germany. The former is the background of the real experiment that a teacher at a high school in Palo Alto conducted with his students. Morton Rhue used this teacher's notes and a film adaptation as the basis for his novel.
The era of National Socialism (1933-1945) plays an almost more important role, as Ben Ross wants to illustrate the totalitarian structures of this time to his students in an experiment.
In the “Perspectives” section, both time periods are examined in detail. We will also offer you an in-depth explanation on fascism which will help you place this novel in a broader context. We continue with a reception of The Wave, and the advantages and disadvantages of the movement. We will also discuss the film on which the book is based.