Aggressiveness And Violence In The Ender's Game By Orson Scott Card

737 Words 3 Pages
Think of some of the worst people in the history of the world. For example, think of the Nazi’s - there have been several stories of Nazi’s helping Jewish people escape from torture, which is sympathy from some of the worst people in the world. In the Science Fiction novel The Ender’s Game written by Orson Scott Card, the main character Ender Wiggins perfectly portrays this because of his mix of violence that he gets from his brother and his innocence that he gets from his sister.. One important theme from the novel is that everyone shows sympathy and has feelings about certain situations and people, but some people show it more than others because a number of different factors such as genetics or their environment. The majority of Ender’s …show more content…
The first glimpse of aggressiveness and violence rubbing off on Ender’s personality is when he is training his good friend Bean. He says “I’m hurting you to make you a better soldier in every way.” Ender clearly takes influence here from Graff’s aggressive style of training when working with Bean. The second glimpse of aggressive influence on Ender occurs when he is having a conversation with Valentine and makes a cocky comment when he says “I’m very good. No one ever beat me. I’m the best soldier they ever had.” Some may look at this comment as being good because Ender is being confident about his skill and ability in battle. I look at this comment as taking heavy influence from his teachers Mazer Rackham and Graff, whose personalities I personally would not like to take too much influence from because of their brutal, close minded way of thinking. In conclusion, Ender shows that his environment has affected his personality and caused him to become more violent. Ender is not the only character that shows sympathy and is affected by their environment, there are a …show more content…
Take Peter for example, after a whole day of mental abuse towards Ender and acting like he isn’t showing any emotion, he says something to Ender when he thinks he is asleep. Peter says “Ender, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I know how it feels, I’m sorry” This shows that Peter isn’t all about violence like his personality suggests and also shows sympathy after violence like Ender. The last example is an example that goes on all throughout the book - Graff always makes Ender work hard and sometimes harder than he thinks is right. Graff still feels for him throughout the whole book and has feelings for Ender. Overall, every character in the book shows remorse after violence because it is humane. Throughout this whole book, almost all of the characters have showed both their violent sides and kind sides. The author, Orson Scott Card has also showed how each of these characters environments affects their feelings and personalities. The main character though, Ender Wiggins, clearly resembles the theme the most out of any character in the book which is why he is so unique and special. Overall this book does a great job of showing the theme in a crystal clear way while still making you have to think deeply into the theme to figure it

Related Documents