Bird’s Wings Essay

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To vanquish our ability to communicate is like taking away a bird's wings. It cuts out the very center of our lives. We use language everyday to exchange thoughts and ideas and if it were taken away we, as Humans, would fall apart just like a bird would fall without its wings. In Orson Scott Card's novel, Ender's Game the lack of communication causes many problems. Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, a child with a phenomenal mind, is put in many violent situations that are the result of miscommunications. It doesn't matter whether they are between Stilson and Bonzo, two of Ender's peers in Battle School or a whole species of Buggers, Ender gets into fights that could have been avoided. Nevertheless, the ...view middle of the document...

Unfortunately, this outrageous circumstance occurred because of their inability to articulate their thoughts.Secondly, Bonzo's attitude towards Ender made communication between them difficult. The result of their growing hatred and unchanged attitudes was a tragic fight. At the beginning of the novel, when Ender's assignment is to Bonzo's army the hatred between them began. Almost as soon as he walks in, Bonzo calls him a "useless, untrained, hopeless specimen of underdevelopment."(Card, 76). This makes the start of their relationship very rocky and because Ender is afraid of him, they are unable to talk. In the end, this miscommunication will lead to a harmful situation. Another example of how they are unable to converse is seen when Bonzo is trying to kill Ender. In this situation, no matter what Ender could say or do would not change how Bonzo feels about him. Since they never got off on the right foot, even when Ender did try to communicate, it was too late. He tried to stop Bonzo from fighting with him, but it did not work because of their deep misunderstanding of each other. Dink, a fellow commander, said to Ender that, "Nobody hated like Bonzo" (Card, 212). It was true, once Bonzo was not in control that he could not communicate, and that is what lead to the miscommunication between them.Finally, the foremost example of miscommunication in the book, it is between Ender, the Human world and the Buggers. The difference in language was what lead to war between the Buggers and the Humans. If only they could have talked, they might have found a way to co-exist. When Ender was talking to Graff in his final stages of training, he said a very important thing, "So this whole war is because we can't talk to each other"(Card, 289). Graff was right. The reason all these kids were being trained is because Humans could not think of a way to communicate to the Bugger species. Most likely, the best example actually shows how, as soon as Ender was...

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