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Responsibilities Of The Protagonists In The Chrysalids And Ender’s Game

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SimonSamuel SimonENG-2DPMarch 16, 2014Responsibilities of the Protagonists inThe Chrysalids and Ender's GameTwo societies can differ yet produce similar citizens. In The Chrysalids, by John Wyndham, and Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card, David Strorm and Andrew "Ender" Wiggin are two young boys who are given unusual, difficult responsibilities to cope with. The Chrysalids takes place in Waknuk where they are recovering from a nuclear catastrophe, whereas Ender's Game boasts a very advanced technological society. Despite this, the protagonists become very responsible. Ender and David display responsibility despite their young age, irregularities, and great understanding of authority.Ender and David take on responsibility despite their tender ages. In both novels there are occurrences where Ender and David are entrusted with tasks that require a significantly responsible figure. For example, Ender is the person who saves earth, which bears pressure for anyone, let alone a child. Throughout the novel, Ender is prematurely given tasks because he is perceived to have the leadership qualities and deemed responsible enough to complete his assigned objectives. When the thoughts of Ender being promoted to commander are discussed, one of the colonels says "Young as he is, we've never had a boy better prepared for command. Usually they go at eleven, but at nine and a half he's top flight" (Card 10). This quotation illustrates that Ender is responsible enough to be dubbed a commander, although he is considerably younger than the typical commander. On the other hand, David Strorm also has to take on enormous responsibility despite the fact that he is still an adolescent. David is a shape-thinker, and given that he lives in an environment where anything but ordinary is the work of the devil, he is required to run away with his younger sister Petra in order to preserve their wellbeing. The people of Waknuk do not take deviations lightly, so as a consequence him and his sister would have been sterilized and banished. His acquaintance Michael tells him "[He] will have to be responsible. It'll be [his] job, [David], to see that she isn't taken for questioning - at any cost" (Wyndham 120). The relevance of this quotation is to establish that David is given the responsibility of protecting his sister from several citizens on the lookout for them, which is a harsh request for someone of such young age. Ender and David are both children who are amassed with tasks that require a more mature, responsible person, in spite of the fact that they are both young, they take on their duties they were chosen to fulfill, which proves they are responsible.In both Ender's Game and The Chrysalids, the main characters knowledge of abnormalities comes with issues in which they must deal with in a responsible manner. For instance, Ender is a boy genius who many of his peers are envious of. During the flight to command school, his astounding capabilities are commended by Colonel Graff...

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