The novel Enders Game by Orson Scott Card is compelling with its characterizations and futurist plot line. Written in 1985, the story shows a boy, only 6 years of age named Ender and his journey through battle school with his companions and altercations with enemies to defeat the supposed “threat” of the buggers: alien invaders. A common practice by the characters in the novel is lying and deceiving to gain power; oddly however, the lies and deceit are more useful than telling the truth. Card shows this theme through the motif of power and how those above Ender such as Graff, Valentine and Mazer Rackham lied to him to help Ender gain power.
The short story A Jury of Her Peers, written by Susan Glaspell, clearly demonstrates fear and its control within characters throughout the story. The main character, Minnie Foster, a lovely young woman who sang in the choir and known as a very open person. However, once she got married, she became much quieter. The two other women in the story, one of whom know Minnie, uncover some evidence that would incriminate Minnie for the murder of her husband. The women find out that Minnie’s husband treats Minnie poorly and may have physically hurt Minnie as well. Minnie, fearful of her husband’s anger, leads her to commit murder. Minnie kills her husband because of the external fear of receiving pain and the innate fear of never returning to the days
Finny wore a pink shirt and used the Devon School tie as his belt to the traditional term tea for the Upper Middle class. Mrs. Patch-Withers noticed and Finny quickly came up with a convincing story to possibly get himself out of trouble. Gene thinks Finny will be busted and reacts by saying, “I could feel myself becoming unexpectedly excited at that” (Knowles 12). This quote shows the beginning of the envy Gene feels toward Finny. Gene is somewhat looking forward to the possibility of Finny getting in trouble for the first time. Gene is secretly jealous of the charm that Finny possesses, and he wants something to go wrong for Finny. Throughout the novel he shows a range of emotions toward Finny and this effects their friendship. He is dynamic,
In this chapter Ender arrives at the Command School. Where he meets his new teacher Mazor Rackham. Mazor tells Ender how we went away for a while so he can be alive to teach the commander for the Third Invasion. Ender begins training with the simulations and then begins training to command a whole fleet. The fleet consist of his best friends from Battle School. They practice and train together and fight the battles against the buggers in the simulation. Mazor tells Ender how we won against the buggers and then they watch the video of the old battles. Ender begins to have bad dreams of the buggers and now barely sleeps. He becomes ill for a few days. When he wakes up he has to fight the final battle
Is there a such thing as an innocent killer? Can someone who destroys a planet and commits mass genocide be viewed as a hero? According to John kessel this is attempted in Ender’s Game a science fiction novel written by Orson scott card in 1985. In 2004 Kessel wrote an article titled “Creating the innocent killer Ender's game intention or morality”. In his analysis he comes to the conclusion that Card presents the protagonist, Ender, as a character who is abused, manipulated, sincere, and innocent. Kessel says that this is all used to by Card to make the reader sympathize for Ender. This allows him to be portrayed as a killer who commits mass genocide, yet is innocent because he has good motives. Kessel goes on to
Chapter 1. “Ender walked around him and kicked him again… Stilson could not make a sound; he only doubled up and tears streamed out of his eyes… ‘You could probably beat me up pretty bad. But just remember what I do to people who try to hurt me.’ ” (7)
Following this line of thought, Ender’s actions during the final make him a bad person, thus disproving Card’s presentation of Ender as a perfect person with no irredeemable flaws. In conclusion, Kessel is certainly correct in his claims towards Ender’s Game and it’s hidden message. This essay takes Kessel’s point even farther however. Not only does it agree that Card tries to insert his own moral views into the book, this essay attempts to show where Card messed up, and went too
Topic: The life of an adult is not all it 's cracked up to be. Little kids dream of being just like their parents, playing house, and growing old with the person they love, but too soon the dreams of little kids die as they realize that the adult world is not just the love stories, the one parents tell kids, the ones about how they met and fell in love. The adult world coomes with things that daydreams never include. Responsibilities, work, worries, pressure, lies, isolation, manipulation, limitations, rules, competition, bosses, taxes, politics. Everything is getting worse and never
On Earth there was a bully named, Stilson. Ender found himself getting physically abused by him daily and when he finally got his opportunity, he made sure he was never bullied again. In battle school, there was a commander named, Bonzo that threatened to kill him; then, in the same scenario Ender decided to make sure that he would win the war and erase all future battles. In argument with Major Anderson, Graff states, “Ender’s not a killer. He just wins--thoroughly” (226). The whole time Ender had not been aware he had killed them, and the leaders were manipulating him for his own sake. They explain that they didn’t tell him that he actually killed both Bonzo and Stilson; so that he wouldn’t think of himself as a killer. Throughout the book Ender repeats that he doesn’t want to hurt anyone and doesn’t like that he has to be violent in order to be safe. If Ender would’ve found out, it would destroy his motivation and drive to want to be the best he can be. All in all, Ender is an overall better person because of the fact he didn’t know the
In Orson Scott Card’s book Ender’s Game, Ender is continually set up against impossible odds by the International Fleet, which is part of a plan to train Ender to fight in the Third Invasion and end the bugger wars forever. Ender’s trials are portrayed more convincingly in the book, as the book shows him struggling with the expectations placed upon him more so than in the movie.
Innumerable volumes of people portray power as one’s capacity to exhibit their potency; their unquenchable thirst for the dominion over all. Formidable and influential flawlessly depicts the being this definition conveys, a being considerably similar to Ender Wiggin. To the lionizing eyes of Earth, he is a child deity who possessed power abundant enough to exterminate an entire extraterrestrial race, but in truth, he is a boy, rupturing from his plethora of errors. In Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
A utopia is supposed to be a perfect world, yet there are rarely any true utopias. Ender’s Game begins with a utopic society, where the government pits Earth against the nasty and evil buggers. Throughout Ender 's Game, written by Orson Scott Card, the reader follows the main protagonist, Ender, from his journey as a young boy on Earth to the hopes of being the next great commander in the fight against the buggers. In his journey, Ender endures multiple occasions of adversity, with the root of the problems coming from the isolation and loneliness that the government and army put him through. This begins to weaken him both individually and emotionally, and it eventually takes a toll on him. Within Ender, Card shows that isolation and loneliness can destroy an individual through his collapse and his change in personality.
On occasion there are things that can change a person, called a traumatic event. A traumatic event, as defined by Health Line, is an incident that causes either physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological harm to oneself (“What Are Traumatic Events?: HealthLine”). This occurs in the novel, Ender’s Game, written by Orson Scott Card in which a dystopian world is brought to justice with the annihilation of a whole alien species, by one child. Within the contents of this text, Card illustrates how traumatic events will change a person, sometimes changing for the better. He achieves this message through his main character, Ender Wiggin. This is shown most importantly, once Ender realizes that he has been lied to, and manipulated into killing off an entire alien species, without even knowing what he has done. It is after this very traumatic childhood experience that Card illustrates how Ender decides to be the better person, by deciding that he will tell nothing but the truth, and becoming the Speaker for the Dead. This interpretation is most important because it tells the reader that not all bad, and traumatic things have to end up so horrible as everyone tends to think; oneself would only have to try to make the best of the particular situation to change themselves for the better. Now it will be explained how Ender decides to tell nothing but the truth.
Ender’s Game is a 1985 science fiction novel by Orson Scott Key. Set in the future where an insectoid alien species, the Formics (or the buggers), have attacked Earth twice with devastating results for the human species, Andrew “Ender” Wiggins is humanity's last hope. A child prodigy and main character of Ender’s Game, Ender is sent to Battle School to learn how to fight and destroy the buggers. He is chosen because his characteristics are perfect to be a commander. Some traits that are very important in making Ender who he is are his calculating judgments, creativity, and compassion.