Enders Game vs. Odyssey

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Sam Britt
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The Odyssey, written by Homer, and Ender’s Game, written by Orson Scott Card, are books written about two different individuals who show both their good, and their inner evil, but only one is a true hero. Ender is a true hero. Coming as a weak, sensitive child, he transforms into a person who practices nonstop strategies and maneuvers until they are just simple natural instincts. He shows leadership, courage, fearfulness, and trust. Odysseus is no hero. Even though he won the Trojan War, he returns with a massive amount of his men dead just from his journey to and from Troy. He shows his brutality, foolishness, and no sense of gratefulness and honor. Ender expresses kindness and sensitivity, but faces situations in which his hidden anger takes the best of him. Entering Battle School, Ender expresses his kindness towards other Launchies, and makes a few friends. He teaches ways to maneuver throughout the practice battle room to his acquaintances and immediately makes new friends. He even makes friends with Alai, who disliked him because his friend Bernard told him that he had broken his arm. This relates to Odysseus’s actions of his men show the lack of training he has provided for his crew members.

Ender’s leadership skills kick in when he steps up and forms his own practice sessions, which plays a great advantage later on in the story. Ender has been transferred to Salamander Army, in which he was given strict limitations by his army leader, Bonzo Madrid. Ender quickly learns the only way he will ever learn to fight in space is to take a part in battle. He is given no choice but to assemble extra practice sessions with his former Launchie group. During his practice sessions Ender welcomes any person who wants to practice and teaches them with kindness and patience. He takes time to teach the slow learners, and still is able to teach the fast learners maneuvers and positions in the Battle Room. Odysseus has no leadership...
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