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Ender's Game

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Ideas of Youth Influence Adult Thinking Critical Evaluation Bridget, Michelle, Eduardo, Brandon, Sean ENDER'S GAME Theme Analysis Summary of Outside Source and Critical Lenses Used Key Passage Analysis Book Review: Michelle The relationship between children and adults
is a two-way street. While
adults are responsible for raising children and
teaching them the valuable lessons of life,
children are also responsible for bringing new
insight into adult lives. In this novel by Orson Scott Card, the relationship that exists between Graff and
Ender and other adults and children
illustrate this give-and-take
relationship of dual
responsibilities. Outside Source: Creating the Innocent Killer
Examination of morality
Moral Lens
Formalist Lens
Psychological Lens Connection to theme
Agree/Disagree with source
How the source helped understanding of novel Personal reactions and interpretations Quotation:
"I mean, don't hurt him more than you have to." -Pp. 49

Ender has started his training at the Battle School and has been assigned a dorm to share with other boys his age. Instantly, Ender was targeted by the other boys since he was considered to be the "chosen one". As the "chosen one", Graff and the I.F. have many tests in store for Ender to test his abilities. Adults Urging Children To Their Greatest Potential Quotation:
" 'Finally a man with some sense,' [Father] said...'I like this Demosthenes. I like the way he thinks.' " -Pp. 98

With Peter's thirst for power escalating, he devised a plan in which he and Valentine can influence the media and the manner in which people, especially adults, think. With Peter's ability to identify people's weak spots and manipulate such fears and Valentine's ability to manipulate others to do as she pleases through persuasion, they have been gaining support and influencing political thought under the pseudonyms Locke and Demosthenes. Adults Preparing Children For The Unfair World Quotation:
"Ender remembered his battle against two armies at once. And I thought they were cheating. When the real war beings, it'll be like that every time." -Pp. 190

After Ender arrived at the Command School, Graff paired Ender with Mazer Rackham. Rather than having Commander Rackham fight the Buggers in another battle, Rackham began to teach Ender how to beat the Buggers. While Rackham was teaching Ender about the Buggers, Ender is reminded of his experience in the Battle School where he, as Commander of the Dragon Army, and his army were forced into unfair battles where they were outnumbered and overpowered by the enemy. Quotation:
"Molo, Soup, Vlad, Dumper, and Crazy Tom all laughed...And Ender also laughed...The adults taking all this so seriously, and the children playing along, playing along, believing it too until suddenly the adults went too far, tried too hard, and the children could see through their game." -Pp. 205

As Ender sat down to the final simulation, he was met with an impossible fight: the Buggers outnumbered him 1,000 to 1. All the adults observing were solemn and didn't believe that anyone, even Ender, would be capable of defeating the Buggers. But contrary to the solemn atmosphere of the adults, Ender and his commanders are laughing and are going into the simulation giggling and making jokes. Open-Minded Youth vs. Serious Adults Manipulation Between Adults and Children Quotation:
" 'I didn't want to kill them all. I didn't want to kill anybody! I'm not a killer! You didn't want me, you bastards, you wanted Peter, but you made me do it, you tricked me into it!' " -Pp. 208

Ender is just learning that the final simulation wasn't just a simulation: what took place in the simulation was also simultaneously occurring in real life. Although this meant that Ender had defeated and completely wiped out the entire Bugger race, it also meant that Ender had ordered real, living commanders to their deaths and was responsible for a mass killing.

" 'You'll tell him how you're worried about me. How I'm...So you get him to authorize him to share his citizen's access.' " -Pp. 92 & 93

After approaching Valentine with his idea to take over the nets, Peter is plotting how they should manipulate their father to give them his citizen's access that they will need in order to create false identities when they enter into the nets. Trust Between Adults and Children Quotation:
"The monitor is going to come out today. We're going to take it right out, and it won't hurt a
bit." -Pp. 1

The I.F. has been observing Ender's mental thoughts and activities through a monitor that they have inserted into the back of his head. Whatever Ender thinks, they hear. Whatever Ender feels, they feel. But now, the I.F. has ordered for the monitor to be removed.

" 'Am I to be the commander, then?'
'Let's say that you're the best bet at present.'
'There are others being prepared, too?'
'That makes me the only choice, then, doesn't it?'
Mazer shrugged." -Pp. 186

At the Command School, Mazer Rackham has been ordered to pass on his knowledge of the Buggers to Ender. As Mazer and Ender are introducing themselves to each other, Ender asks these questions of Mazer. Character and Conflict Plot Extra-Textual Connections Extra-Textual Connections Extra-Textual Connections Critical Judgement Critical Judgement Critical Judgement Book Review:
Sean Reactions & Interpretations Leadership Life: A Game of Cards Rules Defining Games and Lives Propaganda
-Big Brother (1984) Sacrifice For Greater Good -" 'I killed them all, didn't I?' Ender
'...That was the idea.' [Graff said]
'I didn't want to kill them all. I didn't
want to kill anybody! I'm not a killer!
[yelled Ender]" -Pp. 208

-Michael Monsoor
(Medal of Honor Recipient) Obeying Orders -"And when other boys asked
him why he hadn't
disobeyed orders and fired,
he calmly answered, 'I obey
orders.' " -Pp. 66

-Everyday Life Foreshadowing & Suspense " 'I've watched through his eyes,
I've listened through his ears,
and I tell you he's the one.'...
'All right. We're saving the
world, after all. Take him.' "
-Pp. 1 Dramatic Irony & Suspense " 'I hope you had fun, I hope you
had a nice, nice time being happy
Ender. It might be the last time
in your life. Welcome, little
boy. Your dear Uncle Graff has
plans for you.' " -Pp. 111 Trusting other people completely is impossible
Morality as per intention versus consequences
Lesser of two evils
Centralized vs. decentralized authority Symbol " 'Valentine loves me.'
'With all her heart. Completely,
unstintingly, she's devoted to
you, and you adore her.' " -Pp. 17 Extra - Textual Connections 1984 - supremacy of physical pain over ideals
What constitutes a hero?
Moral justification
History is written by the winners
Easy ways out Critical Judgement “Then, to Dink’s surprise, Ender began to cry. Lying on his back, still soaking wet with sweat and water, he gasped his sobs, tears seeping out of his closed eyelids and disappearing in the water on his face. ‘Are you all right?’ ‘I didn’t want to hurt him!’ Ender cried. ‘Why didn’t he just leave me alone?’” (150) B3 Book Review: Eduardo Personal Reaction: Good VS. Evil In the beginning, Peter is seen as evil and Ender is good; in their continues fights at home.

Peter easily overpowers Ender, and Ender remains helpless.

Quote: “It would not be a good game, Ender knew it was not a question of winning. When kids played in the corridors, whole troops of them, the buggers never won, and sometimes the games got mean. But here in their flat, the game would start mean, and the bugger couldn't just go empty and quit the way buggers did in the real wars. The bugger was in it until the astronaut decided it was over.” Ender starts to cause pain and death onto others. He starts to realize he is turning into Peter, and Peter then says he wants to save the world and is afraid of becoming as bad as Valentine thinks he is, or sets him out to be.

Quote: “Ender never surrendered to Peter, but I have turned, I've become part of him, as Ender never was.”
It was as if good and evil have no boundaries. The line they say exist between good and evil?, well it doesn’t exist. I realized that there is no good and evil side, only what you make you and let yourself become.

Lord of the Rings: Frodo, playing with his head and having Sméagol trying to lead him (with his own twisted mind and double personality.) Extra Textual Connection: Lord of the Rings Memories... The Identity Within... Ender holds and treasures the memory of Valentine at the highest value, a memory which is also used to affect his mental state.

Quote: “The one real thing, the one precious real thing was his memory of Valentine, the person who loved him before he ever played a game, who loved him whether there was a bugger war or not….”
The memory of Peter keeps him from wanting to use his power to inflict pain, serving as a constant reminder that he should only go so far, as when the fantasy game puts in the picture of Peter. Summary Setting: Futuristic Earth at
war with an alien species No, no, I don't care about how we killed him. It's the buggers themselves. I don't know anything about them, and yet some day I'm supposed to fight them. I've been through a lot of fights in my life, sometimes games, sometimes – not games. Every time, I’ve won because I could understand the way my enemy thinks. From what they did. I could tell what they thought I was doing, how they wanted the battle to take shape. Then I played off that. I'm very good at that. Understanding how other people think."
“The curse of the Wiggin children.” She joked, but it frightened her, that Ender might understand her as completely as he did his enemies. Peter always understood her, or at least thought he did, but he was such a moral sinkhole that she never had to feel embarrassed when he guessed even her worst thoughts. But Ender – she did not want him to understand her. It would make her naked before him. She would be ashamed." You don't think you can beat the buggers unless you know them."
“It goes deeper than that. Being here all alone with nothing to do, I been thinking about myself, too. Try to understand why it myself so badly."
“No, Ender.”
“ Don’t tell me ‘No, Ender.’ It took me a long time to realize that I did, but believe me, I did. Do. And it came down to this: in the moment when I truly understand my editing, understand well enough to defeat them, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them –"
“you beat them." For a moment she was not afraid of his understanding.
" No, you don't understand. I destroy them. I make it impossible for them to ever hurt me again. I grind them and grind them until they don't exist.”
“Of course you don't." And now the fear came again, worse than before. Peter has mellowed but you they made you into a killer. Two sides of the same coin but which side is which?"
" I've really hurt some people, Val. I'm not making this up."
“ I know, Ender." How will you hurt me?
“See what I'm becoming, Val?” He said softly. “Even you are afraid of me.” And he touched her cheek so gently that she wanted to cry. Like the touch of his soft baby had when she he was still an infant. She remembered that the touch of this soft and innocent hand on her cheek.
“I'm not,” she said, and in that moment it was true.
“You should be.”
No. I shouldn't." Going to shrivel up and be staying in the water. Also, the sharks may get you.
He smiled." The sharks learn to leave me alone a long time ago." But he pulled himself onto the raft, bringing a washer water across it as it tipped. It was cold on Valentine’s back. Extra Textual Connections:
Tuck Everlasting It is as if memories are a way of explaining their feelings. Memories are what we remember from our past. They are what we get out of situations that have happened to us. There is importance in those moments, because there is a reason we remember only that section, or that one scene.

Ender remembered Valentine and Peter. The Good and the Evil, but they each had potential for good and evil. Our memories are what remind us of whom we are, and help us realize who we really are when we have lost our identity.

Tuck Everlasting: The girl gives up the water, leading to her death, while the family that lives forever visits her grave, remembering her. How good is it? Book Review: Bridget Personal Response Extra Textual Connections Card did a great job capturing the huge gap in
between children and adults.

An amazing job in describing what Ender felt, in
relation to his isolation and discoverment of what the government did to manipulate his feelings.

Ender v.s Peter: The Great Fight between Good and Evil

Memories: How real are they? •Valentine and Ender’s conversation on river

•Changes in Ender and Valentine •Changes in Valentine’s character
•Changes in Ender’s character -Battle School, a training place for
young boys for the International Army -Command School, a training
place for future Army
Commanders This passage was a great passage in the book. It showed the internal conflict inside of Ender and how he had changed because of battle school. The author uses great literary devices to add a whole new dimension to the passage. Main Character: Ender Wiggin Conflict: Genius child Ender Wiggin is
expected to save the world from an
oncoming alien invasion. Will he be able
to be trained and ready for the tremen-
dous task, or will he fail like the
previous children did who were
groomed for the same
task? Side Characters: Valentine and Peter Wiggin -Ender is monitored by the army
from a very young age - He passes their evaluations and is sent to Battle School to learn battle tactics and leadership techniques -Love-hate relationship with brother, Peter -Moves up the ranks in Armies until he is
commander of the most successful Army -Constantly maniuplated by the adults in
his life -Gets sent early to Command
School Plot (cont'd) -Meets up with several old friends
and they form his crew of squadron
leaders -All work together on simulations of fights against the aliens -Work leads up to one final "exam" or simulation: Ender ends up eradicating the
planet of the simulated aliens -Simulations turn out to be real and
Ender won the war in this way -Refreshing view of a child's mind
-Didn't put Ender as the helpless
child-- an empowered individual
instead -Game of Thrones How Successful it was
as a Work of Literature -Successful through use of literary devices -Foreshadowing: pg. 22
"He did not know its significance at the time. Later, though, he would remember that it was even before he
left Earth that he first thought of it
as a planet, like any other, not
particularly his own." Successfulness - A smart read--did not try to dumb down any of the mind games played in the book -Varying points of view:
-View on Ender
-View on (at first) unnamed
government officials -Kept story interesting -Made me think of my opinions and how my actions affect the grand
scheme of life and the people
around me - Children are just as powerful as adults in this series, like Ender -Politics rule the plot of this book as well -There is a hopeless sense of one fighting against many Book Review: Brandon Peter vs. Ender, Good vs. Evil -Power struggles Ender has done far worst acts than Peter
However Peter has been marked as the "evil" one
Is Peter really evil; what is evil? Character Changes Peter V.S Ender Peter versus Ender on evil and injustice Are Ender and Valentine more in control of their "evil capabilities?" Imagery Point of View Symbolism Orson Scott Card used imagery to beautifully convey that even though Ender has basically become a Peter in the sense that he does terrible things just like him, he is still that innocent and tender Ender that Valentine had once known and love.

The author vividly paints a picture in the reader’s mind of how Valentine flashes back to when Ender was an infant and completely innocent Valentine and Ender Extra - Textual Connections Although the point of the view is in the third person which is the narrator, the author does a great job of showing what is specifically going through Valentine’s mind; how Valentine is seeing the situation and what she feels

Valentine is the medium between Peter and Ender. Ender is a person who does terrible things but he regrets it deeply. Peter however, has little remorse and does terrible things. It is like they are two sides of a coin and Valentine is the neutral layer in the middle. That this symbolizes what Ender and Valentine have been feeling on the inside about Battle Academy and what Valentine’s thoughts really are.

Valentine is basically telling Ender that he should stay in the academy because Graff wants her to say that to him and because their people are depending on him. But, in truth, she does not want Ender to stay in the academy. Deceitful Propaganda - creating the common enemy
1984 - constant war
Ender's Game - buggers Overall..... Works Cited Kessel, John. " Creating the Innocent Killer." Editorial. Foundation, the Internation Review of Science Fiction 2004: n. pag. Creating the Innocent Killer. North Carolina State University. Web. 08 Apr. 2013. <http://www4.ncsu.edu/~tenshi/Killer_000.htm>.

Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Game. New York: Tor, 1991. Print. Thoughts and Feeligns about Ender's Game What does evil mean
Was Peter evil?
If w know what evil is... can we possibly understand what good is?
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