Ender 's Game By Orson Scott Card

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Ender’s Game Essay: Introduction The novel ‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson Scott Card (1985) is filled with fantasy, action and adventure. The novel follows the story of a young boy, aged 6 as he triumphs over challenges and ‘saves humanity.’ This thought provoking book dwells heavily on moral contradictions and complex characters. The main character - Ender is influenced by a number of other side characters, but in particular his siblings Valentine and Peter. As the third child in the family, he is outcast from the other children at a young age as the government have banned anyone to have more than 2 children due to the population growth. This initial isolation combined with the isolation he is subject to in battle school, the influence of his siblings and his extreme intelligence, Ender is able to become one of the best commanders the world has ever seen. Roles of Characters Throughout the entire novel, there are a number of key characters that portray different roles throughout the novel as they sway Ender’s thoughts and motives. Both of his siblings – Valentine and Peter can be used to represent two sides of Ender himself (the good and the evil). Valentine plays the role of the compassionate character, and acts as Ender’s motivation to get through battle school. Her actions influence him to try to understand others. This can be seen on page 241, “Nobody, Ender. I’ll tell you something. If you try and lose then it isn’t your fault. But if you don’t try and we lose, then it’s all
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