The Doppelgänger Effect Ender’s Game
Orson Scott Card is a science-fiction/fantasy writer only in the sense that the setting that he uses fits the definition of the genre. His writings deal with many relevant social issues that most people have not noticed and/or refuse to acknowledge. His book, Ender’s Game, is a subtle study of many of these issues. This story of a boy genius shows, in slightly less than subtle terms, the horrible cruelty of children, and the immense amount of pressure that adults force upon children, whether intentional or not. You can also see the doppelgänger effect in Ender’s sibling relationships.
Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is the planets only hope in the war against the alien menace. He …show more content…
This was great for my scholastic life, but all of the friends that I had made at the lesser school began to shun me because of my “elevated” position. The only way to make myself noticeable (because I was too small to play sports) was to be so good in school that they had no choice but to know about me. Unfortunately this got the wrong kind of attention. Ender is just as detested because of his advantage. His peers are so incredibly cruel. They are all his age, anywhere from 6 – 12 years old. Many adults will not accept that children can be as cruel as they really are. No, to most adults, children are the innocents; those who have not been exposed to true harshness and meanness and therefore can know nothing about it. These adults, in my point of view, are more naïve than they believe the children to be. This makes the adults just as cruel as the children. Their refusal to admit that their angels are really little demons makes them just as cruel for not trying to stop it from happening.
The cruelty of the children is almost an obvious theme. What I began to notice as I read it over and over is the cruelty of the adults in the story. What’s worse is that they (the adults) justify it Ender is also pushed to the breaking point in order to get him through the system and, effectively, graduated so that he can assume his position of authority. The adults in the
He was moved and sent to a group with much older kids. Once again the author chose to use uniqueness along with perseverance and smarts to allow the reader to return the basic elements displayed in the book. The sentence should cause the reader to relapse into the ideas of ‘how does this relate to the previous scenes and what could cause a change?’. Given the fact that Ender is a young child, the use of the previously listed elements are amplified as the main character is forced to experience trials different than
When given a dynamic setting and plot, change is inevitable. In the novel, Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, the author tells the story of a dystopian society which focuses on the task of defending itself from extraterrestrial creatures. Through the course of the book, the protagonist, Ender Wiggin, faces challenges that influence his actions and attitude. Although there are many characters who undergo change in the novel, Ender’s dynamic personality traits are more evident, being that he has a larger impact on readers. Due to being manipulated, Ender Wiggin changes from an ambitious young boy, to a subdued and wary character.
The novel Ender’s Game is written by Orson Schott Card. It is about a young boy who is sent to battle school. He meets friends and makes adversaries. In battle school, out in space, Ender, the young boy is a genius and is taught many tactics to destroy their prime enemy the buggers. He excels in school and battles his way into command school before the required age. There he is told he is battling buggers in simulations or is he? Throughout the novel, Ender is manipulated, bullied, and isolated, which creates many themes and messages. In this novel Ender’s Game the main theme is life is a game. Three characters that best prove this are Ender, Peter, and Bonzo.
Kessel uses statistics about just how popular Ender’s Game is. Kessel makes that points even 17 years after it was first released, Ender’s Game still sells between 100,000 and 200,000 copies per year. Kessel explains that it is possible with abused kids that justify and deny their abuse. He then explains that abusers abuse to justify their past abuse or even they still feel abused while they abuse others. Ender’s Game offers these abuse victims revenge without guilt, telling them nothing bad will happen if they get revenge.
Ender's Game is author Orson Scott Card's best-known work. The novel has sold over one million copies and is published worldwide (Whyte). The novel won the Hugo and Nebula award in 1986; science fiction’s most prestigious writing awards (University of Utah). In summary, the plot of the novel is a story about a young child, Ender Wiggin, taken away from his family by the International Fleet (a world order devoted to protecting the planet from space invaders) in order to train him to be a military genius to defend the human race from an alien species (Buggers) that has already attacked Earth twice. At the end of the novel Ender kills the entire bugger race but does not know it until after the
Ender’s game by Orson Scott Card is a science fiction novel that takes place in the future and involves a kid named Ender, the protagonist of the story. He is sent to battle school to defeat the buggers (the enemies) with many other kids who are put through lots of challenges. The government has picked Ender who is 6 years old and is a third child, his older siblings were not selected by the government because his sister, Valentine, is too kind and compassionate while his older brother,Peter, is ruthless and hot-tempered. Ender is both a monster and a hero because he’s half Peter and half Valentine.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is about a boy named Ender Wiggin. When he is 6 years old he is taken from his home to go train in a place called Battle School to fight aliens, or “buggers”. He learns to command an army and plays games to train for the battle against the buggers. When the game is over, Ender learns it isn’t a game at all and they have won the war against the buggers. Two themes in this books are “Life isn’t always going to be fair”, and “Make the best of what you have.” These two themes are in the book because Ender has to deal with having a horrible army to train and the teachers aren’t fair to Ender at all.
In the beginning of Ender’s game, we are introduced to Ender Wiggin. Ender Wiggin was a shy kid who was unaware of all of the possibilities he had. He starts to become a stronger more mature boy and soon enough realizes all the power he posses. He has an older brother named Peter, and an older sister named Valentine. He at first is this little, weak kid, and in five years goes from that to a mature leader of an army. We see him progress to the top of what he becomes, but it does not happen easily. He has to make many hard decisions that could go any which way.
Young kids can be easily affected by their surroundings. They learn from the roles of their teachers and their fellow students and peers. This is clearly demonstrated in Ender’s Game, a science fiction novel written by Orson Scott Card. It shows how Ender Wiggin, a very young boy, is put into a position of leadership and what he learns through this experience, Through a computer game, Ender learns that he is a very clever killer. Through his experience as commander, Ender learns that being strict will help him be a better leader and win games. Finally, his experience with Shen and Bernard teaches Ender that having humor will easily allow him to make friends. Overall, Ender’s experience in Battle School teaches him many things about
A huge part of the theme of Ender's Game is saying that life is just a game. This is proved by the concept that Ender has to succeed through different 'levels' of life in order to achieve what the battle school has set out for him-killing the buggers. This is proved by the quote,”-Because most boys in this school think the game is important for itself, but it isn't. Its only important, because it helps them find kids who might grow up to be real commanders.” This is the real point of the book in which Ender fully realizes that The Battle School is really just a game. The symbols of this main idea is the armies, friends, enemies, and leaders that Ender comes in contact with in the Battle School. All of the friends, enemies, armies, and leaders that Ender meet are all part of Ender
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
A prominent human rights issue expressed in Ender’s Game is child labor. In chapter 8, Dink Meeker, a toon leader, explains to Ender, “I’ve got a pretty good idea what children are, and we’re not children… Children aren’t in armies, they aren’t commanders… it’s more than anybody can take and not get crazy”(Card 103). The pressure and competition of working in armies and as commanders negatively affects the children’s mental health and their futures. The children are overloaded with tasks that are not part of a normal childhood. As a result, once the war between humans and buggers is resolved, the children working in the army could have a hard time getting good jobs as adults. When Bean goes to talk to Ender, Ender notices “... how very tired Bean looked, his whole body bent with weariness, his eyes dark from lack of sleep… He was a child. He was young…” but since Bean had been through battle, “There’s no youth in that. No childhood”(181). Battles with the army also take
Ender has been made an easy target because he is an outcast. His character is a smart boy who is constantly being bullied for something that can't be controlled by him. “No, no, I don't want your help. I can do it on my own, you little bastard, you little third” (Card 2). Ender is described from his brother Peter not important. That Ender is just a third kid and nothing else is important. Peter calls Ender a bastard only because Ender is smarter than Peter and Peter wants to be the smart perfect child.
In the book Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, it starts with ender in school and being made fun of. After he beats up a bully, he goes home to deal with his brother Peter who also bullies him because Ender is a better specimen than Peter was. But what no one expected was that a representative from the military came to invite Ender to Battle School up in space. Ender accepted and went to live up in Battle School for years to come. At first, Ender was hated for being such a talented student at the age of six but was soon respected after he was able to beat all the other armies with just a bunch of little kids. Ender became the best soldier at Battle School and was moved up to Command School where he would learn to command
“You won’t fail, Ender. Not this early in the course. You’ve had some tight ones, but you’ve always won. You don’t know what your limits are yet, but if you’ve reached them already you’re a good deal feebler than I thought.” (Card 286). Ender’s Game is a dystopian novel by Orson Scott Card that follows the training and thoughts of the protagonist, Ender, ultimately ending with the destruction of an alien race, the buggers. Ender’s militaristic and desperate society forces him to unwillingly commit genocide to an extent where Ender’s withering and empathetic mind begins to question the consequences of his actions.