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Standing in the middle of a courtyard you watch as half of your town isescorted to their deaths All of your friends coworkers and neighborsshuffle along cramming themselves into cattle cars as you standwatching You have the ability to stand up against this unjusttreatment and possibly stop these thousands of people standing beforeyou from being killed But will you When asked the immediate answer foralmost anyone is Of course no question about it But would youreally have the strength and courage to stand unarmed and speak againstthe men who have the big guns In the wave our main character andpossible protagonist is faced with a similar problem speak out againsther peers and be shunned from society or follow the pack blindlyleaving all questions unasked Through details that show how peopleblind themselves in order to move with society and how people areunable to resist the urge to follow a fad even when they may know its abad idea We the reader understand how following through on a promise ofI would stand up is harder then we first thought and are shown anoverall theme of Strength throughout the bookOn pg 72 we experience the idea that admitting you are wrong is isntalways easy because even when Laurie admits that I dont think Im ascrazy about it as I was a couple days ago she still says oh momyoure the one whos taking this to seriously meaning that eventhough she may believe that it wasnt such a good idea she doesnt wantto admit her wrong doings The flaw in human nature of being unable toadmit being wrong is again shown on page 53 when Christy Bens wifesays Or theyre just afraid of being unprepared and Ben is said tohave ignored the comment This refusal to acknowledge a possibility orsuggestion may mean that Ben doesnt want to admit he might be wrongLater in the conversation as Ben is telling Christy about the greataffect the Wave has had on the
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