Ender's Game: Fear's Control Essay

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Ender’s Game: Fear’s Control
“The only way to end things completely was to hurt him enough that his fear was stronger than his hate (Page 211).” – Andrew “Ender” Wiggin. Fear and the power of fear are very delicate things. If someone has too much fear, it turns to anger. Not enough fear, and they have no respect. The book Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is about fear, especially of the unknown, and the controlling power it has.
Sometimes fear can come from lies. Lies about what is happening or going to happen. Lies can make you believe something that is not true, and that can be scary. When we first meet Ender Wiggin, he is only six years old. He is being monitored for a special program ...view middle of the document...

We later find out that Bonzo would not be able to fear Ender, because he dies in the fight.
There are also those that believe that fear is the best way to lead. Those that think people respond best to fear and are more willing to do what you want. We mainly see that in Bonzo, while he commands Salamander Army, and Peter Wiggin, Ender’s brother. When we first meet Peter he is angry and hurts Ender after Ender loses his monitor by playing buggers and astronauts. Later on we find that people, kids in school, listen to Peter and do what he says because they fear him. He is incredibly smart and violent when he needs to be. Later on, while using the pseudonym Locke, Peter becomes less violent and aggressive. While Bonzo leads the Salamander Army, we see him constantly threaten his soldiers and Ender in particular. Trying to please their commander, Salamander Army soldiers do as they are told so as not to get in trouble.
Another thing that fear can cause is changing yourself because you are scared of what you are becoming. This happens to Ender...

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