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The main theme of the novel is the appeal of fascism: what makes individuals want to become a part of a community that places an authoritarian state above all other concerns? In what ways are compromises and excuses made, what advantages are gained and what freedoms are lost? The other major themes of the novel spring from this central concern: individualism and the role of the minority is one such theme, as is the question of equality and egalitarianism.
The desire for power and success is another related theme, and the proper role of education is handled, though primarily in light of fascism and the power of educational authority. Mass media and its ability to mold opinions is an important minor theme of the story, providing many of the contemporary nuances in the novel.
Another minor theme is the nature of social hierarchies in high school: how some students form an elite while others are outcasts. The novel is serious in tone, often carrying a sense of journalistic reportage, much like a docudrama. This mood is achieved by the sparse, straightforward style of writing and the novel's basis in real life events.
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Strasser's most notable book is The Wave: starting as a magazine article about a real-life incident, it was turned into a television movie and then adapted to a novel by Strasser in Todd Strasser has won numerous awards and recognition for his books, and continues to write prolifically. He married in and has two adult children. His favorite current hobby is surfing. These works provide first-hand account of the Jewish experience during World War II, from the oppression by the Nazi regime which forced many families to go into Love Theme (Part One) - Night Trains - The Wave , to the travails of the concentration camps, and the aftermath when Holocaust survivors were freed and had to re-establish their lives.
There is one particular literary idea that enriches an understanding of The Wave. That is, the masses have a Love Theme (Part One) - Night Trains - The Wave to speak up against power when it encourages immoral behavior.
Their failure to do so is what allows the great atrocities of history, such as the Holocaust, to occur. Todd Strasser. Minor Themes Mass media and its ability to mold opinions is an important minor theme of the story, providing many of the contemporary nuances in the novel.
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