The Manipulation of Ender The book, Ender’s Game, is a book full of interesting events. A six year old boy named Ender Wiggin goes to Battle School, where he is continually tested and trained to become an elite commander. He succeeds at Battle School and eventually goes to Command School, where he leads his army to victory over the bugger troops. Because of this, the world is safe from being destroyed by the buggers. Even though Ender and his fleet are successful in defeating the buggers, Ender’s intelligence and skill is taken advantage of throughout the book.
Books are the ideal way to introduce a reader to the many morals of the human society. In the novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Ender, is drafted by the international fleet to lead multiple fleets of ships in combat against an alien species, but he does not realize that he was drafted for that purpose. Ender is sent to Battle School, where he becomes a true archetypal leader, and he gains many valuable friends that help him along the way. At a hidden asteroid, Ender begins what he believes are simulations, but really is the Third Invasion. After he destroys the alien species, he is told that it was all real and he breaks down.
Ender He is very smart in school but he gets abused a lot by Peter. Sometimes he is very reckless, and empathic. Graff tricks Ender into defeating the Buggers. Emotional Peter take full advantage of him and he is a “third” which means he’s an outcast to the school. He learns to be a good leader in the Battle school.
At this point he is admitting fault with lying to Ender about the battles just being a game, and not the actual war. At this point in the book, Card intends that the reader catches on to the fact that Ender dislikes lying, if the reader has not done so already. After this point in the book, Ender does not tell a lie, but only tells the truth. This is how Ender was able to rise up as a person from such a traumatic event, and learn quickly that lying is never the answer, and that it will result in nothing good in the end. Ender even admits earlier that Colonel Graff was indeed right in his speculation of Ender not being able to kill off the bugger species if he had known exactly what he was doing.
This is another statement that I see often inn the book and agree have with. On this subject kessel writes “The extreme situation Card has constructed to isolate and abuse Ender guarantees our sympathy. After Ender is manipulated into entering Battle School, (he’s brought there by lies severing him from Valentine, his only protector) his abuse continues, deliberately fostered by Graff. On the shuttle up to the orbiting school Graff singles Ender out for praise for the sole purpose that the other recruits will resent him. Before they even reach the school, Ender is forced to break the arm of Bernard, one of his tormentors.
Press and press until you’re dead” (Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, p. 12). His only person to confide in, Valentine, his sister, was ripped away from him and then used against him by Graff. Not only are they unreliable, but the adults lie to him and manipulate. Kessel questions whether this is a healthy thing to to a young child, and whether or not it should be passed on to the young-adult audience of this book. Well, it shouldn’t.
After getting off the ship that brought him to Battle school, Ender was confused why Graff had been so impersonal towards him. Graff responded to Ender’s questioning by saying, “My job isn’t to be friends. My job is to produce the best soldiers in the world…. My job is to produce such a creature, and all the men and women he’ll need to help him. Nowhere in that does it say I have to make friends with children.”(34) Ender thought that he had an ally in Graff, but after that moment, Ender knew that he was just another launchie.
No one gets peace in the middle of war, and also, pressure. Being under pressure all the time isn´t healthy for anyone, especially for kids. Here, we´re talking about Ender Wiggins, a boy who was chosen to undergo studies at a military school. There, he is placed under pressure and military regime, because he is considered to be the last hope for humanity. He is trained to fight and control spaceships, to use them against an invading alien force.
This position of survival happens when Ed doubts their chances of survival because he is the only capable one to lead them towards survival: “I looked at the dead man. You're dead, Lewis, I said to him. You and Bobby are dead (Dickey 201).” At first, Ed is overwhelmed with the idea of being the hero and leader for the rest of the story because he considered Lewis for that position. But Ed gradually begins to manage and adapt to the survival environment and continually preserves the lives of the group of men. Through Ed’s realization that he can successfully survive these extreme hardships, his boundaries of his tenacious masculinity has been unveiled to himself which is part of his personal revitalization from the trip.
Lastly, the relationships between the Commanders and the Jezebels manifest Gilead’s misogynistic state. In the night, the Commander takes Offred to an underground club full of women and “men, [...] in their dark uniforms or suits, so similar to one another” (294-295). Offred implicitly reveals to the reader that these men are other Commanders. The women in the club are prostitutes, formally known as Jezebels. The Commander explains to Offred that “Nature demands variety, for men” (298), revealing the misogyny and selfishness behind this setting; men are abusing power, through sexuality.