Ender’s Game – Good vs. Evil Writing
In an epic saga capturing the struggle between two brothers, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Ender and Peter are constantly at each other’s throats. Ender is the better of the two brothers as throughout the book he displays noble deeds and a strong mindset. Thus being said, Peter is the lesser of the two who throughout the book is doing something of malcontent, whether it is threatening to kill, killing, or fighting.
Peter the older, power hungry brother is the evil to Ender’s good. From the beginning of the book, Anderson and Graff are, “Afraid of what (Peter) will do to (Ender).” (Card, 9). Later in the book, around the same time as when Ender is in Flight Commander school, Valentine is disgusted with Peter when she finds a squirrel’s dead carcass, “half – skinned, spiked by its little hands and feet with twigs... She pictured Peter trapping it, staking it…how long had it taken the squirrel to die? And all the while Peter sat nearby, leaning against the tree where perhaps the squirrel had nested, playing with his desk while the squirrel’s life seeped away” (Card, 123) Peter is a ruthless killer who even tosses the idea of, “ “whether to kill (Valentine) or what.” ” (Card, 124) What other 12 year old child would commit such cruel acts? An evil one, one who skins animals to watch them die, one who threatens to kill it’s own sister, and one who torments all nearest to him, while acting under a blanket of innocence to hide his misgivings. Peter is a demon of a child with a lust for evil and wrong things to commit and threaten with.
Ender the good to Peter’s evil, is the “better” of the two brothers. Ender does not want to, “ (hurt) people again, just to save (himself).” (Card, 115) Ender does not have the same lust to kill or eradicate as Peter. For instance, Graff had to trick, “ “(Ender) into (Commanding human forces to exterminate the buggers)…“It had to be a trick or (Ender) couldn’t have done it…(They) had...
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