Andres G. Camacho Bonet
INGL3104 Sec 011
1 March 2015
Literary Analysis: Chapter 5- Games
"I told you. His isolation can't be broken. He can never come to believe that anybody will ever help him out. Ever. If he once thinks there's an easy way out, he's wrecked." (30) As a great leader-to-be, Ender Wiggins has to learn how to be a troubleshooter. If by any chance he thinks he could take a “shortcut” or he is helped him by someone else; his trouble shooting skills will not fully develop. We know that people become stronger when they do not depend on anyone, when they think no one will be at their rescue. Ender in the future may eventually find himself alone and outnumbered. So, he needs to get comfortable in bumpy situations. As he develops in battle school he will encounter many problem and learn to solve it on his own. Ender has to know for fact that if he does not learn how to solve his problems, no one will do it for him and he will not succeed as a military leader. This quote is relevant because from what we have seen at the introduction of each chapter there are some men who discuss about Ender. Those men have brought Ender to battle school and they want to make him the best commander the International Fleet has had. But in order for the plan to succeed, they have established that Ender must be isolated, those men have done all they have in there power to ensure he stays like that. They purposely made Graff turn Ender’s classmates turn against him in order to start his isolation. As we move on in the chapters when Ender makes a new friend, Alai, he is purposely deployed to Salamander Army in order to maintain his isolation. And as long as they are interested in Ender, they will keep on moving him through the battle school and employing different strategies to ensure he stays secluded. "He can have friends. It's parents he can't have."(30)
When Ender left home for battle school he was bullied by his classmates and Peter because he was a third child. Now, it is important that Ender is away from his parents so he can still think he is a burden to them because he was a “Third.” As long as these thoughts are in his mind, then he will be able to carry out his mission in Battle school. He needs to think he is still an outcast at home and in society in order for him to feel isolated. If by any chance Ender knows that his parents really miss him he would feel homesick, much more than he already does. Parents usually overprotect their children. They somehow think that their child cannot defend himself and usually they feel, as they need to keep them away from the problems. Ender must not ever feel that his parents protect him; he needs to feel that no one is going to solve his problems for him. At an early age Ender must learn to take decisions for his own and if his parents were in the picture this would not be possible. In addition, if ender thinks that he has friends and family that misses him, apart from Valentine; he would become soft and vulnerable. They need to make sure he they keep him on guard and hard. He must continue to be a loner or outcast of some sort and to be alert at all times. Like it is said, Ender can have friends. In order for him to finish battle school he need to connect with certain people that will aid hit to advance in battle school. But the thing is that even though he can have friends he must not depend on them. They will not always be at his side so he needs to learn how to survive without depending on no one. From previous chapters we have seen that Ender, who is only six years old, was brought to battle school. At such an early age he was told he was not going to see his family for ten years and that he had to leave Earth in order to arrive to battle school. Now, why is battle school not on earth? This quote is relevant because it was of upmost importance that Ender was away from his parents in the process of his development in order for...
Cited: Card, Orson Scott. Ender 's Game. New York: Tor, 1991. Print.
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