Ender's Game Essay

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SUBJECT: Good and evil
THEME: The line between good and evil is sometimes unclear, and as a result, people often think that they are doing the right thing when it is actually the wrong action, and vice versa.
The protagonist, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, begins as a six-year-old boy who is always terrorized by his brother. Ender never gives up, even when it seems like everyone is trying to make him fail. He is young, however, which leaves him susceptible to bullies who detest his quick mind. Although Ender proves that he has the ability to be a killer like Peter, he hates himself for that. “And then a worse fear, that he was a killer, only better at it than Peter ever was; that it was this very trait that pleased the
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I don’t have murder in my heart” (Card, 84). Because Ender is afraid of becoming like his brother, he struggles with what he is and the things he did since he left home. Man vs. Society: “Nobody controls his own life, Ender. The best you can do is choose to fill the roles given you by good people, by people who love you.” (Card, 219) Valentine tells Ender that the government can control everyone. Families are not allowed to have more than two children unless the government gave them permission. The government allowed Ender, a third child, to be born in order to put an end to the bugger invasion. Man vs. Technology: The Battle School invented a computer mind game that challenges the children’s mind. Ender tries multiple times to beat the game, but the game always presents new obstacles. Man vs. Supernatural: “It’s the buggers themselves. I don’t know anything about them, and yet someday I’m supposed to fight them.” (Card, 167) The buggers are a race of aliens who invade Earth. They are a mysterious species that seem to possess one mind altogether. Several decades before Ender was born, the buggers were defeated, but they are invading again. The buggers’ Third Invasion is the reason Ender is taken to Battle School.
Ender Wiggin was a timid boy who wanted to have his brother and parents to love him. Prior to joining the Battle School, Ender did not have the belligerence that he would soon possess. He did not want to be like Peter, so
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