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. 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. …show more content…
This starts from the very beginning of the book. At the beginning of the book, Ender is given the choice by Colonel Graff, whether or not he wants to attend Battle School. Even though he is given a choice, because the I.F. continually monitored Ender for three years, they know how he is likely to react under most circumstances, as seen in this quote, “You live inside somebody for a few years, you get used to it...I’m not used to seeing his facial expressions. I’m used to feeling them (Card 39). This quote comes directly from Colonel Graff, who ultimately monitored Ender the most. Thus, they knew that he would most likely agree to going to battle school. Another example of manipulation from early in the book is when Ender beats up Stilson, who bullies him. Unbeknownst to Ender, Ender actually beat Stilson to his death. The I.F. selectively does not tell Ender this information. Later on in the book, Ender beats up somebody else to the point of death; his name is Bonzo. Like before, the I.F. also does not tell Ender this information, as seen in this quote, “At least they had the good sense not to tell Ender that the boy died” (266). The reason for this is because after monitoring Ender for three years, the I.F. knows that Ender has compassion. Thus, if they told him that he had committed murder twice, it would devastate Ender. This would not be good for the I.F., because Ender …show more content…
For example, in chapter twelve, Ender and his Dragon Army battle against, not just one army, but two. Those armies are the Griffin Army and the Tiger Army. This is out of the customary, because in a normal battle, one army would face off against another, instead of one army versus two. Not only that, but Ender and his army enter the battle tired and exhausted, because they had just battled other armies every previous day of the week. This too, is out of the customary, because usually there is time for recovery and rest between each battle. Ender says, “I can’t do this” (252). Despite this, Ender and his army win the battle, which is exactly what the I.F. desired. The I.F. are more concerned about Ender receiving all of the training that he possibly can, so that he could be ready to fight the buggers sooner than later. This form of manipulation comes at a cost to the physical health of Ender. It leaves Ender continually exhausted, which is not good for a growing boy, like Ender. Another prime example of manipulation late in the book is when Ender defeated the buggers. Ender is deceived into thinking that he is playing a simulated war, instead of the actual war. Ender is quite mad when he finds out after the fact, as seen in this quote, “You never asked me! You never told me the truth about anything!” (342). Although Ender is mad that he is not told that he is
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Chapter14 “Enders Teacher” Chapter Summary 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.
Because even “If you knew, then you couldn’t do it” (Card298). Ender was so mad when he found out what happened that all he could do was ignore it and go to sleep. So by manipulating people you get what you want but there is also a default to
Ender doesn’t like hurting people much at the beginning but towards the end he becomes a soldier and a killer. Ender leaned his head against the wall of the corridor and cried until the bus came. I am just like Peter. Take my monitor away, and I am just like Peter. This quote shows that Ender doesn’t want to turn out violent like his older brother, but the government forced him to.
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.
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 “Ender’s Game”, Ender was manipulated by the government into believing he was playing games to prepare him for the war against the buggers, but he was actually fighting against the buggers. This has a huge impact on Ender because he dislikes killing and he is now known as a killer across the world. Orson Scott Card also shows that if you give in to commands in the beginning, you will soon have no power, leading you to believe everything the commander says. The information the commander will later tell you will be euphemisms to the actual truth, but you would not know. Dink, one of Ender’s friends, lectured Ender that, "commanders have just as much authority as you let them have.
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 To be vague, Ender’s usage of power is persistent, him not ceasing until the annihilation is complete. “Ender…kicked him again…
I read this book many times during the summer, and after this encounter, I suddenly found that what he said was very relatable to the idea of the book. In “Ender 's Game”, Ender was only 8 years old (I think) when he was sent to Command School to be a commander in the humans vs. buggers war. Most people thought that the whole idea of letting a 8 year old child be the person their fate depends on was preposterous. Ender knew that the people were right, but he believed in himself and his cause. He finally defeated the buggers, and led the humans to victory.
After all of the trauma, heartbreak, and mental abuse that the Battle School put Ender through, he has finally broken down. Over the course of a few years, Ender’s human endurance has been pushed far past his limits. Once again, he had to force himself onto another as an act of self-defense. Although he did not wish to harm either of his past attackers, Ender did not want to be killed either. After his fight with Bonzo, Ender no longer has faith in the Battle School.
They chose him because they plant chips into the back of everyone’s neck to gather information that they could use to get advanced people to join the army and fight the alien-like creatures that they call buggers. Most of the people they recruit are children. Throughout this novel, Ender faces many obstacles while he’s in the military and he can’t really live a normal life like a child should. Ender’s Game shows us how the government can take control of anything they want and they don’t factor how they could possible be ruining anything for example, the childhoods of the children they recruit. Orson Scott Card is
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
To forestall vengeance from Stilson and his gang, and to keep them from taking him in a pack the next day, Ender decided to viciously and repeatedly kick Stilson, who laid helpless on the ground, in the ribs, crotch, and in the face. He then warned the rest of Stilson’s gang not to mess with him anymore, and walked away. 5. The first indication of a controlling government is when Ender is mentioned as being a Third, or a third child. The narrator remarked, “It was not his fault he was a Third.
However, the majority of the battles he fights are constructed and orchestrated and controlled by the Adults. Ender lives in a military archetype which assumes humans are compliant, flexible, controllable pawns, tool to be used for the benefit of others. Ender’s insecurities,doubts and fears, as to why he is so isolated, how he is becoming more like petter, how he is an ostracized genius, all that sets him apart– make him diligent, sympathetic, preservant, resilient, flexible, and above all pliable, impressionable, malleable, qualities far more common in children. Supporting quote: “‘So what do we do now?’ asked Alai.