Change Due to Surroundings - Ender's Game

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  • Topic: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Ender Wiggin
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In life a question comes up, do situations change a person or does a person change the situation itself? Phillip Zimbardo once said, “What happens when good people are put into an evil place? Do they triumph or does the situation dominate their past history and morality?” This quote explains that people are put into different positions in life and they choose to either change or stay the same. In the novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, the main character Ender Wiggin has to save the world from the buggers and along the way he faces different situations. In the novel, Ender Wiggin is usually a compassionate nice young boy. Individuals change when they are put into various different situations. These changes are seen in the novel through the actions of the main character Ender. This will be proven by looking at how people change according to the situations faced in their personal life, in competition, and in life or death situations. Many people face different types of situations in their own lives and change their mental and/or physical behaviour. These types of situations are seen happening to Ender Wiggin in the novel. Ender plays a game on his computer called the Giant’s Drink during his Free Play. This game is said to be impossible to win and while Ender plays he keeps on dying, which frustrates him and he eventually kills the giant brutally. (Card p. 62-65). “I’m a murderer, even when I play. Peter would be proud of me” (Card p.65). This quote just shows that because the game frustrates Ender he completely changes his mental strategy in the game and goes straight for the kill. This is a change in mental personality in Ender’s personal life because Ender went from being a calm boy enjoying Free Play to killing a big giant in a game. Later in the novel, Ender is put into a situation where he is taking a shower and seven people along with another character named Bonzo Madrid come to hurt him. Previously before the fight, people constantly tell Ender that...
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