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The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy I wear the ring and return often to the city of Charleston South Carolina to study the history of my becoming a man Conroy 1 The Lords of Discipline is essentially the story of Will McLean growing up and learning what it really means to be an honorable man He began the book as one person a young naive cadet in his senior year who used humor to keep everyone from seeing how troubled he was The book ends with Will as a wholly different person due to catastrophic events that happened during the course of his final year at the Carolina Military Institute Will endured the plebe year at the Institute he fell in love with a pregnant girl uncovered a well-hidden misuse of power in the Institute and because of that discovery suffered the 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 man Will enrolled in the Institute because his father on his deathbed made him promise to graduate from the Institute just as he had He went on a basketball scholarship unaware of the brutal initiation required for all freshman Within the first minute of him arriving at registration he was beaten and humiliated by upperclassmen Then he and the rest of his class were subjected to physical and mental torture whenever and wherever possible They were afraid to use the bathroom so they used the sinks in their rooms The plebes as the freshmen were called also had sweat parties every night All the doors in the room were locked and the heater was turned on Then everyone lined up and followed the commands of the cadre upperclassmen My body took asylum in a mental and physical paralysis p 147 The idea of the hazing was to separate
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