The story of The Wave illustrates how easily people in position of power can abuse this position. To start it of Ben is accidental abusing his power as a teacher by exposing the kids to a dangerous experiment. And of course, this abuse of power later trickles down to the dents.
You have to remember that Ben was trying to create an ugly and fast cist group. He wanted to see if he would be able to use Nazi psychology to make t he students act badly. In order to make his students really feel like they’re in a group, Ben provides t hem with symbols of membership they can use to show they part of The Wave. That is b used to divide Wave meme beers from novae members. He even divide some wave members from each other by awarding some members with “monitor” status. The “monitor status gave them the power to tattle on other members.
Quickly, u itty becomes discrimination. This was exactly what the Nazis did, giving some “me members” more power than others. This makes the ones without any power afraid and f lining like they must follow the stream. In the book, a boy writes a letter to Laurie about being forced in The Wave. He said pretty soon people in The Wave wouldn’t want to be friends with people who weren’t in it. He even said I’d lose all my friends if din ‘t join. I Think he was trying to scare me. If you look at it from another perspective Laurie abused her powers as a sour annalist trying to end The Wave.
There were some of people who really liked The Wave, and who grown because of The Wave. One of those people was Robert Billings, who b fore The Wave was a “loser” with no friends. He actually became a better person by joy inning The Wave. So when Laurie Saunders, editor of the school paper,used her power a journalist to bring the truth of The Wave to light, Robert felt like she was abuse Eng her powers. Down below is a perfect example of what Robert felt about Laurie. Heard there are parents and teachers and and all kinds of people in Principal Owens office complaining. Can you believe that?
At this rate no one will get a chance to SE what The Wave can do. Laurie Saunders is a threat, Robert stated bluntly, She must be stopped. So to summarize it all: the teacher Ben Ross is trying to create an awful group p by using normal teenagers. To be able to do this he abuses his power as a teach re. If you look at the story from a different perspective he s not the only one doing that . From the loner Robert Billings perspective Laurie Saunders is the one abuses power. BOO atom line: not all power corrupts – you just have to be careful, because power can easily be abused.