What Will Ender Do?
Ender faces a serious dilemma in the book, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. He is staying at the new bugger planet and is searching the planet; during his search he encounters a familiar structure, only to realize that it is the structure from his fantasy game. Upon further examination, he finds a cocoon and realizes it can bring back the buggers. Ender must decide whether he wants to help bring back the bugger race, or whether he wants to end their existence forever, thus posing a moral dilemma for him about his respect. Ender chooses to help bring back the bugger race, which is the correct decision. The buggers tell Ender, “We did not mean to murder, and when we understood, we never came again” (321). The buggers simply misunderstood the humans and their level of intellect, and that misunderstanding is what led to the war and the First Invasion. The humans also misunderstood the bugger’s intentions, which led to further conflict, such as the 2nd and 3rd Invasion. Upon hearing the Bugger’s explanation, Ender decides on what he will do. He says, “’I’ll carry you’… ‘I’ll go from world to world until I find a time and place where you can come awake in safety” (321). Ender decides that it is best to bring back the Bugger race, for if they are understood, peace will be created among the buggers and the humans. Ender realizes that the two races can get along, share their experiences and intellectual insight, and improve the universe, for they are the only known intelligent life forms. The buggers tell Ender that “We thought we were the only thinking beings in the universe” (321). The buggers misunderstood the intellect of the humans, thus leading into conflict; but when the buggers realize that humans have similar thinking capabilities to their own, they apologized. Ender’s decision is correct because many things happen on accident simply because of misunderstood intentions. Ender learns to understand the culture of the buggers, and learns to...
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