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Analysis Of Ender 's Game By Orson Scott Card

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Justin Hammond
Instructor: Cajsa C. Baldini
ENG 200
6 October 2015

Nature versus Nurture All of my life I have been a party to numerous arguments on what it takes to raise a child to be a responsible and well-adjusted adult. On the one hand, the discovery of genetics has led to a large field of research to support that we are predestined to certain activities. On the other hand, our environmental surroundings and the experiences we endure may also play a role in making us who we are. There are surely plenty of literary examples tackling this theme, but the one I plan to focus on is the novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I think that this novel illustrates that it isn’t as simple as just saying “Nature vs Nurture”. The development of the individual is dependent on both, with varying degrees of dependence based on the person in question. The novel is set in a semi Utopian/Dystopian future where all of humanity has bound together due to an Invasion of alien beings called the Formics. The whole of humanity was saved by a single commander by the name of Mazer Rackham. Because of this the International Fleet, genetically tests people for specific traits that may reveal the ultimate Commander that can win the war. I believe that the reason for this is because genetics are a good determination of your baseline traits. The government is basically practicing meta-analysis “a technique...in which results from a large number of individual studies of familial resemblance were
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