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I wear the ring and return often to the city of Charleston South Carolina tostudy the history of my becoming a man Conroy 1 The Lords of Discipline isessentially the story of Will McLean growing up and learning what it really means to bean honorable man He began the book as one person a young naive cadet in hissenior year who used humor to keep everyone from seeing how troubled he was Thebook ends with Will as a wholly different person due to catastrophic events thathappened during the course of his final year at the Carolina Military Institute Willendured the plebe year at the Institute he fell in love with a pregnant girl uncovereda well-hidden misuse of power in the Institute and because of that discovery sufferedthe death of a close friend and the loss of many other people he thought he could trust All these events contribute in different ways to Will becoming an honorable manWill enrolled in the Institute because his father on his deathbed made himpromise to graduate from the Institute just as he had He went on a basketballscholarship unaware of the brutal initiation required for all freshman Within the firstminute of him arriving at registration he was beaten and humiliated by upperclassmenThen he and the rest of his class were subjected to physical and mental torturewhenever and wherever possible They were afraid to use the bathroom so they usedthe sinks in their rooms The plebes as the freshmen were called also had sweatparties every night All the doors in the room were locked and the heater was turnedon Then everyone lined up and followed the commands of the cadre upperclassmenMy body took asylum in a mental and physical paralysis p 147 The idea of thehazing was to separate the strong and capable cadets from the flimsy and weak If acadet whom was thought to be unworthy survived the hazing they were treated to TheTaming The cadre would find the
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