Commentary Of Orson Scott Card´S Novel: Ender's Game

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“Ender’s Game”, by Orson Scott Card, is a military science fiction novel that narrates the story of a boy named Andrew “Ender” Wiggin and his predetermined life to save humanity. Set in the future, humans are at war with an alien insect race dubbed the “buggers.” The buggers have already invaded Earth two times previously and did not succeed because of Mazer Rackham, the general that won the second invasion. Expecting a third invasion of the buggers, the International Fleet (I.F.) has trained child geniuses at very young ages through games that gradually increase in difficulty including the zero gravity battle rooms in preparation for them to become commanders of the Third Invasion.
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Later, Ender is transferred to Command School and then meets Mazer Rackham. He runs Ender through numerous battle simulations with where he is in charge of a whole fleet as commander with his best friends and enemies as sub-commanders. Rackham tells Ender that the simulations will get more difficult and lies, stating that the “simulations” are preparing him for the actual battle against the buggers. Then after several days, Rackham tells Ender that there is only one last simulation left but he is greatly outnumbered. Ender ends up winning and destroying the bugger’s planet and Rackham tells Ender that the simulations were actually real and he was commanding a real battle fleet. Ender becomes angry, realizing that he was used and without his knowledge, wiped out an entire race. Later in the novel, on a new planet, Ender finds a queen “Bugger” egg, which the original Queen left for Ender in hopes for him to find a new home for the buggers to live again. Ender was able to telepathically speak to the queen and realizes that the buggers did not want to fight them and feels bad for all that has happened in the past. Ender then decides it to make it his goal to find a new home for the buggers to live.
The protagonist of the novel is Andrew “Ender” Wiggin. Ender is a six year old who is very thin, short boy and exceptionally brilliant. He loves his sister Valentine more than anyone else and despises having characteristics like his brother Peter. Valentine Wiggin is Ender’s older sister who is the only person that truly loves him and was considered too mild and kind to become a commander. Peter, Ender’s older brother is a mean and cruel individual who always tries to manipulate others. Colonel Graff is...

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