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Transcript of Ender's Game
By Orson Scott Card
What does the author's tone reveal about the novel's opinions on government control over individual lives? How does this impact the attitudes of the Wiggins? What predictions can be based on this tone?
Breaking Down the
What does the authors tone reveal about the novel's opinion on government control?
First Lets find Examples of Manipulation.
-One government rule (International Fleet)
-Two kid limit (population control)
-Government censoring technology
-Control of information flow
-Government seizes Valentine's letters to Ender
-Alliance formed between all nations to achieve peace during the bugger war.
-Technically a world-wide government.
Because of this single government rule, Earth achieved peace. Peter gives an in depth over view in Chapter 9
Pg. 126: "The facade of peace and cooperation had been undisturbed almost since the bugger wars began. What Peter had detected was a fundamental shift in the world order."
"Val, it's bound to happen. Right now there's a vast international fleet in existence, with North American Hegemony. When the bugger wars are over, all that power will vanish, because it's built on the fear of the buggers."
-Clear example of the peace created by the International Fleet
-Ender is constantly called a Third.
-The fact that there is much social construction around the idea of only being allowed two children shows the relationship between laws and social order.
Pg. 23: "They [Ender's parents] look at you as a badge of pride, because they were able to circumvent the law and have a Third
Censorship of Technology
The government censors technology in the story such as the ansible, which was designed after the buggers' ability to communicate telepathically with each other
The Monitor is a recurring archetype in Ender's game that directly symbolizes the government's specific control over individuals.
The government is able to monitor:
-Thoughts, actions, feelings, and daily events.
Pg. 23: "We monitored your brother and sister, Ender. You'd be amazed at how sensitive the instruments are. We were connected directly to your brain. We heard all that you heard, whether you were listening carefully or not."
-The government used the monitors to manipulate individuals [specifically Ender] for their own benefit
The author's tone reveals the opinion that government control is beneficial to society. While government control has manipulated Ender and many others, one cannot have a utopia without total control. This is what the author is trying to say.
How did the the government affect
How does this impact the attitudes of the Wiggins?
Peter: He is becoming very sly and smart about what he does, but he is still the same devious child within.
Textual Support: " A model student, said his teachers. "I wish we had a hundreds others just like him. Studies all the time, turns in all his work on time. he loves to learn." But Valentine knew it was a fraud. Peter loved to learn, all right, but the teachers hadn't taught him anything, ever.
More Textual Support: But Valentine knew. She had seen a squirrel half-skinned, spiked by its little hands and feetwith twigs pushed into the dirt. She pictured Peter trapping it, staking it, then carefully parting and peeling back the skin without breaking into the abdomen, watching the muscles twist and ripple.
Ender's Parents move farther into the country because of their troubled son, Peter and to move on after Ender left them.
Textual Support: Father had announced to them that they were leaving the city to move to North Carolina, of all places, Valentine knew they never expected to see Ender again.
Valentne knew why they had moved here. It was for Peter, so that living among trees and small animals, so that nature, in as raw a form as Mother and Father could concieve of it, might have a softening influence on their strange and frightening son.
Ender becomes a lot less emotional, but he still cares about his sister Valentine.
Textual Support: When they got to the shore, she climbed onto the dock and said, "I love you, Ender. More than ever. No matter what you decide."--- She had talked Ender into going back into his training, and he wouldn't soon forgive her for that.
Valentine is being manipulated and she agreed to work with Peter.
Textual Support: "At some point there most be trust. For instance, I know who Demosthenes really is, said Graff.---"But Demosthenes has nothing to fear from us," said Graff.
Textual Support: "Peter, you're twelve years old. I'm ten. They have a ward for people our age. They call us children and they treat us like mice.
"But we don;t think like other children. And above all, we don't write like other children."
You saved your weakness so you could use it to move me now. And yet it did move her. Because if it were true, even partly true, then Peter was not a monster, and so she could satisfy her Peter-like love for power without fear of becoming monstrous herself.
The author's tone reveals that government control in the story has been beneficial in controlling the lives of those participating in the global society.
Government control of Information
An example of this would be ender's parent's letters being sent to Ender; which never went to him.
(but not the one about manipulation
Texual Support: no leTTERS HAD EVER COME, AND AS FAR AS THEY KNEW THEIR OWN LETTERS HAD NEVER REACHED HIM. WHEN HE WAS FIRST TAKEN, FATHER AND MOTHER SAT AT THE TABLE AND KEYED IN LONG LETTERS TO HIM EVERYDAY. Soon though, it was once a week and when no answers came, once a month.
Another example would be the manipulation letter sent from valentine, after graff forced her to do it.
Textual Support: Graff said, "No I want you to write a letter.
Graff sighed, "he answered every letter he got."
Valentine said, "Promise you won't cut out anything I write.
Graff said, "I won't promise any such thing."
And yet they came pretty thick, as though someone wanted to make very sure that Ender believed that the letter was genuine.