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Ender's Game

Science Fiction Project

Vaishnav Bengeri

on 13 June 2014

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Transcript of Ender's Game

Dystopian Society
Citizens have a fear of the outside world
Citizens (some) are perceived to be under constant surveillance
This society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world
'Citizens have a fear of the outside world'
In the novel, Ender's Game, the citizens have fear of the outside worlds in space because of the aliens, the government claims, trying to enslave the human race.
This race could possibly exterminate all human kind.
Now, they have started another war with these Buggers who pose a very big threat to human kind.
They choose Ender to end the war between the Buggers and mankind
"But this isn't how it feels to be a bugger, thought Ender. They don't wear this face like a mask, it is their face. On their home worlds, do the buggers put on human masks, and
?" - Page 11
'Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance
The government has control over every aspect of the citizens' lives.
They lie to everyone, and use people's ignorance to to get what they want.
Ender wears a monitor which allows the government to see his thoughts and intents.
The government were creating child soldiers or "slaves"
"Human beings are free except when humanity needs them. Maybe humanity needs you. To do something. Maybe humanity needs me—to find out what you're good for. We might both do despicable things, Ender, but if humankind survives, then we were good
." - Page 26
'Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted
Ender's parents weren't allowed to practice their own religion.
Population control laws were in effect.
The government were permitting, even encouraging, children to murder each other, while they watched and didn't do anything. This isn't really a restriction, but it shows the true attributes of a dystopian society.
"Welcome to the human race. Nobody controls his own life, Ender. The best you can do is choose to fill the roles given you by good people, by people who love you." - Page 4
Ender's Game
Dystopian Control: The Government
The citizens are under constant surveillance. The government puts monitors on childrens' necks for a full three years. After the three years, the monitor is taken off, yet the government has access to still see what happens to a child after the monitor is removed.
The government lies to the kids and tells them that they're playing "Games" but really, Ender has commited genocide, killing the whole of the alien race.
"The adults (government) are the enemies, not the other armies. They do not tell us the truth." - Page 65
This quote is saying that the government is not being truthful as to telling what the children have been doing.
Protagonist: Ender
Ender is struggling with society because he doesn't know that he is murdering many aliens in real life. All he knows is that he's doing it for fun.
The point of revelation for me was when he figures out that the game he was playing was actually real and that he really did just commit genocide. This is because to me, Ender had a very killer instinct. But that killer instinct was ultimately totally unnecessary because the government had no intention of letting him know he was killing anyone.
The conflict in the story is resolved when Ender releases a bomb that could destroy an entire planet and lauches it up into the buggers.
"Sometimes lies are more dependable than the truth."
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