The character that Ender emulates the most is Christ. The multiple religious references make the parallels obvious. In the first edition of Ender’s Game, Graff describes himself and Anderson as “the ones who are driving in the nails" (First Edition 106). When Ender’s friend Alai explains that his hello to Ender, “salaam,” is Islamic for “peace be unto him”, an image immediately leaps into Ender’s mind. He is reminded of his mother praying over his body as a child. That in turn evoked an image of revenge against his personal tormentor and brother, Peter (Card 87). Ender is reminded of, not of the message of Christian peace, but of righteous war and death. This vengeful mental picture is a consequence of Peter's identity in Ender and casts aspersions on his intent. In an essay entitled “Ender and Hitler: Sympathy for the Superman,” Elaine Radford, using these vengeful images and other clues, claims that Orson Scott Card wrote Ender as metaphor to Hitler. Both Ender and Hitler were the third child of their family. Both suffer abuse by adults. Both attempted genocide (Radford 2). In a response to that essay, Orson Scott Card said in an
In Orson Scott Card 's "Ender 's Game", Card utilizes Peter as a foil character for Ender whom the teachers manipulate into violent actions; thus, although Ender destroys the enemy, his empathy allows him to understand the buggers and achieve peace, which supports his evolution into an exceptional
throughout their lifetime. But there is one emotion of them all that people want to avoid which is
Throughout the movie, Ender was portrayed as a brilliant and gifted boy, despite his young age. In comparison to the book, in which he was shown as very insightful and quick-witted, the film didn’t show the skillful side of him during the battles. As for physical characteristics, the author originally wrote the character as a blonde, fragile child, about six years old during the beginning of the story, but in the movie, the character was taller, seemingly ten years old, and brunette. Since the book focused more on the psychological aspect of Ender, the reader is able to see in depth how much he blamed himself for wounding others, whilst in the film, he seemed to be detached from the pain he caused. In the course of the movie, it is not explicitly
The Hunger Games trilogy and Ender’s Game. Each individual books written by two different authors, yet there are still similarities buried within the theme of both books, as well as their differences.
Bonzo Madrid is a supporting character in Ender’s Game, and commander of Salamander Army. He is described by Ender as tall, having slender lips, and beautiful black eyes. Bonzo has potential of being a good commander but lacks the ability to be a leader. He does not know how to unite his army, using threats and intimidation to earn his loyalty rather than respect. Bonzo hates Ender for being kinder and smarter than himself, letting his pride get in the way of situations. This causes problems only to himself when he refuses to acknowledge Ender’s potential in battles making him look foolish to other characters. Violence and revenge is his way to solve his problems, but it ultimately fails and creates more. He doesn’t enforce discipline but destroys
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
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
After the grueling training and numerous battles that the government puts Ender through, along with all of the isolation and loneliness that he endures, he collapses in the processes both during and after the burdens were put onto him. The first major event that showed Ender enduring some troubles was when he woke up in the middle of the night and found that “there was blood” on his bed, and he had been “gnawing on his own fist” (285) in the middle of the night, in his sleep. This revealed to the reader that the strong and powerful Ender might be beginning to crack and show a
This lessens the scope of how much the International Fleet has been lying to Ender, leading to the reveal being less dramatic. The movie also completely erases the Locke and Demosthenes subplot, removes the epilogue of Ender moving to a colony with Valentine, and then replaces it with Ender finding the queen bugger’s egg on the same planet as the Command School and leaving to find a safe home for it. This also gets rid of the parallel between Ender and Peter at the end of the book, where it’s pointed out that in spite of Peter being portrayed as exceedingly cruel, he prevents the war on Earth which saves millions of lives. Ender kills billions of buggers in the Third Invasion, almost wiping out their race completely, despite being described as gentle and not wanting to hurt anyone. The movie’s tendency to cut anything not deemed an important event also makes it seem that Ender is unaffected by most of the events that occur. In the book, it is made completely clear that the system of both the Battle School and Command School are breaking Ender down, ultimately demonstrated by Ender being completely bedridden after the Third Invasion due to everything he’s endured. This also happens with the movie’s presentation of the characters, with more characters being sympathetic to Ender. This completely overrides a plot point in the book,
Ender struggles with his perception of his humanity. By unintentionally killing the Giant, he begins to believe that he is a murderer inside and out. This begins Ender’s paranoia of becoming like Peter. (take out?) (maybe because ender again already knows he is like Peter)
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.
He was designed (most likely literally, if one takes note of several references to genetic engineering) to be the average of his older siblings. Ender wants to do good things, like Valentine – and sometimes he does – but he also constantly finds himself in situations where he must do what Peter would – though sometimes he still chooses not to. Valentine is essentially the one thing Ender loves in the world, and he strongly desires to protect her. Meanwhile, Ender is torn by a burning desire to be nothing like Peter (and a fear that he is entirely like Peter anyway). However, “the ego is not sharply separated from the id” (Freud 10). Doubtless, Ender does share qualities with Peter. “I’m doing it again, thought Ender. I’m hurting people again, just to save myself” (Card 144). While Ender does not cause pain just for the fun of it, he will hurt people if he must. His actions are motivated by a recognition that something bad is going to happen, and a desire to “not be the unhappiest at the end” (Card 36). His willingness to commit acts that he finds atrocious shows a merging of Peter’s aggressive nature and Valentine’s moral opposition to
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. The I.F. takes away most of the freedom that Ender is entitled to and they manipulate him to do what they want him to do. This manipulation is quite evident throughout Ender’s Game.
“Just as the next blow was coming, Ender reached up with both hands, snatched the boy by his wrist, and then pulled down on the arm, hard.”() Card and his somewhat applaudable idea of power did not view it sufficient enough for Ender to request the aid of an adult. But did envision Ender reinforcing the agony brought upon him, promulgating his power in such a way he experiences yet another unintended consequence. “…the boy was feeling exactly the pain Ender had meant him to feel…I am Peter. I’m just like him. And Ender hated himself.”() Virtually identical to the emotional consequence Ender formerly suffered from Stilson, delineates his sentiments regarding Bernard; Card not developing on his idea in the slightest, keeping Ender’s own hatred of himself and the potential individual he apparently mocks