Analysis Of Orson Scott Card 's Game

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August 25, 2017

A Look at Orson Scott Card’s Famous
Ender’s Game by Anna Colby

“Don’t grow up too fast,” a mother might have once cooed to her little one. Not anymore. Children are tested. If they’re worth anything, they’re taken to Battle School, where they train for war. Nearly a century ago, the Buggers attacked Earth. Now humans thirst for revenge. Their goal: to exterminate the race, no matter how many little kids’ minds they have to break in the process. When Ender Wiggin is pulled into this conflict, he finds potential in himself to become a great commander. But is really the life he wants?

Ender’s Game follows the story of Andrew
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I think it 's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves” (page 240). Ender’s love and understanding is what makes it possible for him to destroy his enemy, which is part of the reason he hates himself so badly.

Game or Reality?

When I first read this book, I had several reactions. “Gee, that was depressing,” was the first. The second was, “I’ll bet that son of a gun, Card, put some symbolism up in that book. I wonder where it is?” It’s taken me a while, but I think I’ve figured it out. First, I want you to ask yourself: what is a game? In some cases, a game is another place for people to go to escape the bores of everyday life. In other cases, a game is the problem. The latter is the case for poor Ender. Games play a major part in this story. So what is the author trying to portray here? There is a fine line between games and reality, and the moment the line disappears, things get super screwy. “This game knows too much about me. This game tells filthy lies” (page 119). Games played throughout the story include “Buggers and astronauts” and the Battle School competitions, but I just want to focus on the last game Ender plays: the actual war. Spoiler alert! I tried to avoid spoilers, I really did, but you can kill me after you finish reading this article. During this last game, Ender leads his team in what appears to be an ordinary battle
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