Ender's Game Critical Essay Paper

Topics: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Ender in Exile Pages: 5 (1763 words) Published: May 22, 2013
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Henry Truong
Mr. Wilk
English 2
10 May 2013
Hidden Dangers Before 13
“Because never in my entire childhood did I feel like a child. I felt like a person all along—the same person that I am today.” (Card xvii) In Orson Scott Card’s novel, Ender’s Game, Ender Wiggin, a little 6 year old boy, is recruited into Battle School by Colonel Graff and the International Fleet to save mankind from an alien species called the Buggers. The Buggers have been humankind’s main enemy and they know very little of the Buggers beside that they are the bad guy. There has already been two fights between human’s and buggers. During both encounters, the humans barely survived, and they now must prepare for the third fight. Ender’s Game is a journey of little Ender Wiggin, who was always being bullied for being a “third”, and how everything changed when he got recruited at the age of six to train in order save the world. Although the children in this book are trained and built to be saviors of Earth, on the other hand are treated as children and kept in the dark. “…he [Card] examines why referring to characters as ‘children’ does not necessarily make them well-rendered child characters.” (Kelly 112) In David J. Kelly’s critical essay, he starts off be stating that, and he continues to explain some of the characters who are referred to as children but are not really “children”. We may see kids

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as innocent and not know any better, but Card believes that behind that little innocent face could be earth’s savior or doom. For example ,Ender is one of those kids, “…in physical struggles he lashes out with a fear-driven response that he has no power over, a cyclone so violent that he does not even see the results…” (Kelly 114) Like the kid version of the hulk, losing control when he gets bullied, and not knowing what he has doing until he gains back conscious of his own self. He doesn’t want to hurt others, but he ends up doing it anyways. In the next essay by, Tim Blackmore, he talks about the, “…military paradigm Ender must operate to survive.” (115) As you may know, Charles Darwin’s natural selection where you must adapt to survive, as Ender faces Battle School, he greatly changes but also psychologically breaks down and becomes the world’s most greatest general at the age of 12 and earth’s savior against the Buggers. Tim Blackmore also explains how, “Card forces the reader to move between two viewpoints: that of the suspicious, manipulated child and that of the paranoid, utilitarian machine worker.”(116) Card’s unique point-of-view of the characters in the book, makes us see kids differently, “Card endows each of the three Wiggin children with a particular strength: Peter is a conqueror, another Alexander; Valentine is an Empath; and Ender is a warrior...”(Blackmore 118) I believe children’s have hidden potential, maybe not like Ender to fight and strategize, but things we do not usually expect in kids. Ender differs from all the other kids in the beginning .In this society there is a limit two kid per family. The government has Ender’s parent to have a third child, Ender. Since having a third child in this society is so different, Ender had been bullied during his time in regular school. He becomes constantly bullied for being a “third” as they call it. Truong 3

As a result of being bullied, he lashes out and beats the crap out of the bully Stilson. By that I mean he knocks him out with one hit and Stilson falls to the ground but then he starts kicking him again in his spine and then the crotch, setting an example to everybody else not to mess with him. “Knocking him down won the first fight. I wanted to win all the next ones, too. So they’d leave me alone.” (Card 19) This really surprised me. His philosophy of knocking him down only won the first battle, and to end all of the future battles, he continues to beat up Stilson to scare off all the other bullies.This is what happens at school, at home it...
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