In the book “The wave”, Morton Rhue conveys his idea of the conformity through the introduction of the organization called “the wave” and its impact upon students in Gordon High. At the same time, his opinions towards individuality are expressed through the personal experience and the behavior of the non-wave members.
Conformity is not just a simple inclination to the majority. To take it further, conformity is actually a kind of “symptom” when a person gradually loses his control over himself. In other words, conformity is a compromise to the community in exchange for the recognition from the public by giving up own ideas and thoughts. In addition, people who conform together would feel superior compared to others who are not parts of them. That’s why the fascism towards a particular thing spreads faster and faster.
Through the motto, 'Strength through discipline", Morton Rhue shows the idea of brainwashing, the essential process which creates conformity among a group. Motto is a phrase that shows a broad and shared vision of the group. In fact, motto is the most effective instrument of doctrinisation. It is required to brainwash members of a group in order to clear their concerns and help to establish loyalty towards the group. The commission to the motto shows a person’s determination to the ideology conveyed by the group. When students in the histroy chanted, the repetition of “Strength through discipline” made them believe that they had actually become stronger than before and meanwhile they felt excited and powerful because everyone's identical reaction created sense of unity in the class.
Morton Ruhe also expresses the fear brought by "The wave" through the anonymous letter in chapter 11. The fear towards "The wave" is directly reflected by the anonymity of the letter. The reason why it is