Ender Wiggins is the main protagonist of the novel Ender’s Game. Being the youngest of the three genius siblings, he was chosen by an international military force (the government) to save the world from a threat called the buggers.
Just like Goldilocks and the three bears, the international military tested Enders two older siblings before they tested him; Peter and Valentine. As it goes, Peter was too violent, Valentine was too peaceful, and Ender was just right. He was the one picked out of the three siblings to go to a Battle School that orbits Earth. Receiving no special treatments, he had to face hard obstacles by himself. However, the military recognizes him as their best bet to be the leader that leads them to victory against the buggers.
Ender faced a lot of resentment from the others that were chosen to be trained in the Battle School because he was an exceptionally intelligent young boy. In addition to that, Ender was only about six years of age when the government sent him to the Battle School. While in Battle School, he is greatly exposed to emotional, mental anguish, and even physical danger. The administration did not do anything to help Enders in order to guarantee that he is independent and that he did not go to anybody else for help.
Thanks to the neglect of help from adults, and the constant bullying by the others, Ender grew to be a very intelligent and independent 11-year-old. As you could probably guess, the main antagonist in the novel is Peter Wiggins. The oldest of the three genius siblings, also the one to be first tested by the international military.
He was far too violent to pass the test so the military saw him as potentially uncontrollable, and they decided to let him go and chose Ender. Clearly resentful of the decision, he decides to torment Ender, physically, and emotionally, until Ender left to go to the Battle School. During the time Ender was up in space, Peter showed growing signs of ferociousness.
Two years after Ender had left to Battle School, the Wiggins moved to Greensboro, North California. In the nearby forest, Peter enjoyed torturing and killing animals. Nevertheless, even the cruelest of people can have a good side to them, deep down within them. During Christmas, Peter stole from Ender’s stocking, but he was caught by his mother. She didn’t punish Peter instead, she showed that she loves him and Ender. That event had an effect on Peter, his eyes were now open to other emotions other than hatred and jealousy. Peter also shows other redeeming qualities throughout the end of the novel, that can make the reader feel sympathy for him. The scene I liked the most was at the end of Chapter 6, Ender was playing a game.
A game that he clearly knew was rigged, but he kept playing the game, he never gave up. Ender was able to beat the game, and he got the highest score too. That scene really showed Enders perseverance and determination. It tells the reader that Ender is able to handle anything the author might throw at him. I loved how the author wrote that scene so I wouldn’t change a single word even if I could. I wouldn’t change a single thing about that scene because it’s gold, simply gold.
Even the best of books have that one scene that you dislike, whether it be a character dying, a completely unreasonable event, etc. I do have this particular scene in the novel Ender’s Game that I dislike a tiny bit. This scene was near the end of the book, Ender had already defeated the buggers in the battle wiping them out completely.
The threat was no longer the buggers, but it was now his older brother, Peter. Ender was on Earth for two months and he no longer wanted to return to space. I would change this scene a tiny bit by changing the way Valentine responded. Instead of responding like a nice sister that she is, I would have made her respond in a completely different way, opposite of nice. I think the author wrote this scene as it is because Valentine is a good sister, and he wanted that reputation of her being a good sister to be the same. In addition to that, I think my change would have a minimal effect on the overall ending of the novel because it’s a minor change in attitude. Having read the entirety of Ender’s Game, I give this book a 4 out of 5.
I love any Science Fiction book, and this one has got to be one of the best books I’ve ever read, not that I’ve read that much books. More to that, this book has been a heck of an eye-opener. To think that they were considered soldiers the day they were born, sent to space at such an early age. Their childhood completely denied from them. It’s truly a horrific thing, even more horrific because it’s not too far away from reality. Even more so, this book shows how strong we can be if we just have the determination and courage that Ender has.
Ender was sent to space when he was about 6 years old, with no one to depend on but himself, but he got through it. The author Orson Scott Card, wrote a Science Fiction that revolves around a young boy whose life is under constant manipulation. In the first chapter of the novel it says, “They leave these things in the kids for three years, what do they expect? We could have switched him off, do you realize that? We could have unplugged his brain for all time.” That talks about the monitor that the government keeps on certain children, to watch them constantly, to see if they have the qualities needed. I may be going on a limb here, but I think that the author wrote as he did because he felt that feeling of constant manipulation during his childhood. Orson is the quiet, shy, and smart type of guy. During his childhood, he constantly went to Santa Clara library to read books, both children’s and adults.
While I do not know the author personally, I can infer that he wrote Ender a bit based on himself. I think that Orson may have been expressing himself throughout his writing, like what a good writer does.