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Enders Game Chapter 14
Transcript of Enders Game Chapter 14
simile: "you had to be a weapon,Ender. like a gun" pg. 298 Graff tells ender they tricked and used him to defeat the buggers
foreshadowing: " If you can cheat so can I. I wont let you beat me unfairly- ill beat you unfairly first" pg. 293 Ender is faced with impossible odds and plans on beating them unfairly
idiom: "I am going to grind you down to a dust, if i can" pg. 277 Mazer tells Ender he will grind him to dust it is an expression he is not actually going to grind him he is just threatening him
comic relief: "Remember the enemys gate is down" page 293, the mood is tense because they are about to have there final examination so to lighten the mood Bean makes a joke saying what Ender had told them lats time they were in a situation like this
imagery: "began to bubble; there was a gout of explosion hurtling debris out toward Enders fighters" pg.295 when Ender blows up the planet, the author paints a picture in your head of what the exploding planet looks like
In chapter 14 ‘Ender’s Teacher’, Orson Scott Card displays and reveals Ender Wiggin as a noble, compassionate and determined commander who later falls subject to Mazer Rackham and Colonel Graff’s manipulation. Firstly, Ender is revealed as a noble character because he continually wishes throughout the chapter that he was not placed in circumstances in which he would have to completely destroy the enemy. He believes that mankind could have been saved from the buggers in a way other than war and murder. This displays Ender’s nobility because he has respect for the buggers because they are a form of intelligent life and he is not a ruthless murderer at heart unlike Peter. Secondly, Ender is a compassionate commander whose kindness not only extends to human beings but to all intelligent life. He shouts, “I didn’t want to kill them all. I didn’t want to kill anybody. I’m not a killer!” (Card, 297) This clearly demonstrates that Ender is not a cold-blooded killer and he has pity in his heart for the intelligent life he was manipulated into killing. Also Ender feels angry after the victory because Colonel Graff and Mazer Rackham manipulated him perfectly against his own morals. Last of all, Ender is fully determined to win the battles within the game simulator at Command School because he spends countless hours alongside his squadron leaders preparing and practicing for battles. Furthermore, Ender shows that he is determined to win at all costs even if it involves breaking the rules which he thought he had done when he destroyed the bugger planet with the Dr. Device. In conclusion, Ender is a highly noble commander who is compassionate to all beings and is determined to win at all costs.
Character Analysis Cont.
Mazer Rackham is a heroic but manipulative figure who Ender encounters upon his arrival at Command School. He is considered to be a legendary figure because he commanded the fleet and defeated the buggers during the Second Invasion. Mazer is Ender’s teacher and companion but it is also revealed that he is Ender’s first true enemy. Despite his old age, Mazer is in tremendous physical condition as he tests Ender’s self-defence skills upon their first interaction. Likewise, Mazer is also highly intelligent because he has studied the buggers and knows how skilful they are at communicating and operating. He and Colonel Graff manipulate Ender into participating in simulation battles against the computer which are actually real battles against the buggers as Mazer Rackham says, “You never played a game since I became your enemy” (Card, 296). Therefore, Mazer Rackham is a heroic figure for his contributions to the protection of mankind even though he manipulates Ender into participating in the Third Invasion without him knowing.
Enders Game Chapter 14
Manipulation/ Control- The I.F has kept the fact that the buggers are in fact not a threat to humanity at the moment. “ No they just went stupid.”(Card 269) They did this because they want to keep the fear in everyone about the buggers so that they can stay in control. They also tricked ender into killing all the buggers through the simulator because they knew he wouldn’t want to do it if he knew what he was doing.
Isolation- this theme is very clear at the begging of the chapter when Ender is shuttled to Eros. Ender does not attend regular classes, only going to one here and there but he is mostly tutored by teachers and Ender never had the same teacher tutor him twice and they always keep his door locked. “…but he rarely saw the same people in it twice.” (Card 258)
Anger- Ender seems bitter toward the fact that he is being forced into everything .Ender is also angry at how little control he has. He also seems annoyed with that fact that he has become something that he never asked for. “Judging me? Determining whether you want to trust the fleet to me? Just remember that I didn’t ask for it.” (Card 259)
Falseness- Ender is living in a world of falseness; Ender is constantly escaping his reality and escaping into the simulator. “…as if the machine was part of his body.” (Card 260) Another example is that Ender thought he was in the simulations but really the whole time he was actually fighting the buggers in real life and Ender ended up defeating them.
War- Even though Ender is not quite at war yet he is still training for it every single day with Mazer in the simulator.
Pressure- This theme ties in with war because the pressure that is being put on these kids to be ready for war, is immense and no child should ever have that amount of pressure put on them weather they are a genius or not. “…the pressure on the rest became all the grater.” (Card 287)
1. What bothers Ender the most about Eros is that he was constantly surrounded by stranger. What was familiar about this was that this is how Ender felt when he first went to battle school.
2. Mazers explanation to this statement is that Mazer told Ender he will be his enemy for the future and will also be his teacher.
3. Mazer won his battle by targeting just one ship. He killed the queen and she was the brain of the whole operation so basically he killed the brain of all the buggers and they all soon died.
4. Enders sympathy is exactly what helped him beat the buggers. Ender understood the buggers on an emotional level which gave him an edge.
5. Ender has dreams about fairyland and the dead giant and also dreams about fighting Bonzo. The significance of the dreams is that Ender actually did kill Bonzo.
6. Ender is self-destructing because he discovers his simulation was real and that Ender committed bugger genocide and cannot deal with the amount of destruction he caused.
7. The irony is that Ender thought that the final battle in the simulator was just a simulation when in reality it was actually all real.
8. He added suspense by using a lot of describing words of mood. During the war was more suspenseful and also Card makes it sound like it’s a close battle with the buggers and Ender, making the reader be on the edge of their seat to find out the results of the battle.
9. Ender was infuriated over the victory because he had no idea of his actions.
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