The Parallels and Distinctions of Bean and Ender
Bean and Ender have many similarities that set them apart from their peers in times of peril. Their intelligence made them the most promising weapon in the war against the buggers, rating highest among the smartest children in the world. This is surprising on account of the dissimilarities of their lifestyles before they went to battle school. However, before and during battle school Bean and Ender had to cope with being small. Ender and Bean were both prodigies in their time, but ironically they had completely different personalities. The similarities Bean and Ender shared took them to the top, yet their differences gave them the skills that helped them defeat the buggers and survive as long as humanity needed them.
Bean and Ender shared a wonderful gift of intelligence that eventually led them to succeed. Before they even made it to battle school they were labeled as humanity's last hope. Time was running out, the bugger war was rapidly approaching. Because of their genius, Bean and Ender were constantly being pushed ahead of everyone else in battle school. Colonel Graff was breaking all the rules to make sure that the boys got the proper training before they were sent to command school where their actions constituted life or death. Colonel Graff knew that Bean was too smart to be analyzed. He even claimed Bean was, "Analyzing us." (Ender's Shadow pg146). Bean and Ender were part of a rare breed that used their brilliance to serve them well in their world, and harnessed their skills to protect mankind.
During battle school Bean and Ender's lives followed the same course, but how they both got there is odd when you look at their "childhood." Bean and Ender did not have a "normal" childhood, but their way of life was much different. Bean spent his days in the streets of Rotterdam surviving off pathetic rations and fearing death every time he inhaled. Ender dwelled in a nice house with a nice...
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