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Ender's Lessons Essay

938 words - 4 pages

Young kids can be easily affected by their surroundings. They learn from the roles of their teachers and their fellow students and peers. This is clearly demonstrated in Ender’s Game, a science fiction novel written by Orson Scott Card. It shows how Ender Wiggin, a very young boy, is put into a position of leadership and what he learns through this experience, Through a computer game, Ender learns that he is a very clever killer. Through his experience as commander, Ender learns that being strict will help him be a better leader and win games. Finally, his experience with Shen and Bernard teaches Ender that having humor will easily allow him to make friends. Overall, Ender’s experience in Battle School teaches him many things about himself, about leadership, and about friendship.
By means of the computer game that he plays at Battle School, Ender discovers that he is a clever killer. In one part of this game, Ender is faced with a giant standing behind a table with two liquids, with one supposedly taking him to “fairyland” upon being drunk, and the other being poison. It is a riddle that Ender has to solve by simply guessing the right liquid. After many failed attempts, however, Ender begins to get frustrated. Instead of guessing one of the liquids, he kicks both glasses over, then “jumped[s] on the giant’s face, clambered[s] up his lips and nose, and began[s] to dig in the giant’s eye” (64). Ender shows his problem-solving persona when he decided to disobey the rules of the game. His killer side is also unleashed when he decided to dig out the giant’s eye and murder him. He shows the side of him that mirrors his brother Peter. The rigorous training sessions at the battle school and Bernard’s treatment probably brought out Ender’s true violent tendencies. Nevertheless, Ender realizes this and exclaims that “I’m[he is] a murderer even when I[he] play[s]” (65). He shows remorse when he points out his own tendencies. By doing so, Ender also demonstrates the maturity that he has developed in Battle School. Ender also demonstrates that he inherited his sister Valentine’s smarts, but also his brother Peter’s brutality. Overall, Ender learns many things about himself through his experience in Battle School.
Ender’s experience as commander in Battle School teaches him that being strict will help his army win games. When first being assigned commander, Ender knows that he needs to treat the Launchies just like how he was treated. This means that he needs to incorporate discipline on his new Launchies. While they are dressing, Ender orders them to run to the practice room, and when some of them don’t dress quickly enough, he yells, “Dress faster next time… next week the rule is two minutes” (158)....

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