John Kessel’s essay, Creating the Innocent Killer, is a character study of Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggin, from Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. The essay provides an interesting look into who Ender actually is underneath all of Card’s world manipulation, and the message that Card was trying to send through Ender’s existence in the story. Essentially, the message that Kessel sees in the novel is that ‘actions should be judged based on intentions, rather than results,’ which is a belief that is generally be untrue. The theory that this message was intentionally being portrayed in Ender’s journey is backed up by large amounts of evidence, both from the book, and from Card himself. This isn’t all too hard to prove.
Ender’s intelligence is beyond those of other people so him using that he can think of new ways to do things that have never been done before .Ender’s intelligence also lets him understand his enemy more than other people could understand there’s he can predict what their next move would
Ender has caused all of this pain, and suffering. He feels all of that. But he did it for the right reasons. He was always one step ahead of the game, but he didn’t realize he was being used. That guilt he felt at the end, the actions he took during, and the prevention he tried before all are the signature marks of a good person put under unbearable stress and in situations that no 10 year old should have to deal with.
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. First, Card illustrates how traumatic events can affect a person for the better when Ender
William Nolan Mrs. Proctor Honors English 2 8 May 2016 Intention-Based Blame: Genocide Is Child’s Play Intentions matter, but is the intent the only factor in determining the morality of an action and the means getting there? Stemming from this question, the biggest issue in Ender’s Game that is still the most controversial, still remains unresolved. Should Ender, the protagonist, be held responsible for the buggers’ deaths? This theme is the basis of Card’s belief of intention-based philosophy.
(34) Ender detests Graff’s accusation; unable to even contemplate the idea of falling under the classification of murderer. But Graff’s words strike a chord in Ender’s perception of himself, introducing him to the idea that he may encompass a scrap of similarity to Peter. In the end, Ender stands by his humanity, desperately reassuring himself of his noble nature. (ender already knows he is like peter(last page of chapter 1) may want to
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).
In another scene when Ender is sent to join the Salamander Army right before “things were finally coming together” at Battle School for him and that “his life was finally getting livable” (102). Ender is starting to make friends and build up his life at battle school but then he gets disengaged from this by the adults. The adults isolate Ender to demoralize him in such a way that Ender to make him feel like no one will be at his side or will ever come to his aid. Furthermore, people of society on Earth are willing to give up their freedom and privacy in order to feel safe from the dangers of the unknown. After Ender has his monitor pulled out of him, the doctor tells the nurse, “They leave these things in the kid for three years” (33).
A main point that shows this is the Character development. As Ender gets older he gains more power over himself. On page 313 where Ender is eleven years old, he is allowed to make his own decision whether he would like to go to space as a governor or not: “’They might have asked me’” says Ender, Valentine replies: “‘I wanted to ask you myself’” In that context he is speaking with Valentine about their future, at a younger age he would probably not have been able to make this decision
“Ender, however, was trying to figure out a way to forestall vengeance. To keep them from taking him in a pack tomorrow. I have to win this now, and for all time, or I’ll fight it every day and it will get worse and worse.” (Card, page 7) This led to Ender
Also, Enders fear of his actions, causes him to repay for them. Ender takes the position of fleet commander for humans against the Bugger army. Ender kills all the Buggers and the planet. Ender did not kill them intentionally; the simulations were actual fighters in real battles. Because of this, Enders emotions flood him and he feels regret and deep sadness.
This was one of the reasons why he was the perfect choice to be the commander. He also had a tremendous amount of guilt after (unknowingly) killing all the buggers and the pilots he and the squad leaders had controlled. This guilt would only be resolved when Ender finds a purpose as Speaker for the Dead and finding a safe place for the egg to
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