Ender's Game Theme Essay

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Ender’s Game is an enthralling, award-winning sci-fi novel by Orson Scott Card. The book follows main character Ender Wiggin as he is brought to a battle school and trained to fight against the buggers, an alien race who started a war with Earth. Ender’s Game is a simple read at surface depth but once you dig deeper, it becomes something valuable. How the themes, plot and characters flawlessly interweave makes this an interesting book to read and be taught. The characters in Ender’s Game, most notably Ender, Valentine and Peter, represent different aspects of humans. Ender represents compassion. Ender has a very violent side to himself that the adults in the book bring like to bring out and abuse. Ender recognizes that they do that and hates that side of himself. He tries his best to stay away from hurting people and while talking to his sister Valentine he says, “In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him (238)”.…show more content…
While talking to his sister Valentine, Ender says this, “In the moment I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.” If you were to understand your enemy completely and wholly do you think you’d still be able to go to war with them? Or is that understanding the key to defeating them? The end justifies the means. This thought is relevant in the thoughts of the adults in the book and in wars of any time period. Many people use the end goal to justify their actions, whether they’re good or bad. Despite the strong themes and the maturity of the characters, you still see glimpses of their actual ages throughout the book adding humor and entertainment to the story.
Like any book Ender’s Game has it’s flaws but the easy enjoyment of the book mixed with the relevant themes makes it a good book for any student to
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