Bean In The Novel: Ender's Game

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“The adults ignored him.” (pg. 223). Whether being cast off to the side or not acknowledged in the least, very rarely are we as children taken seriously in the “important” conversations. How could we have crucial ideas to contribute? We’re just kids, right? In chapter ten of Ender’s Game, Card introduces a new character named Bean. Now Bean, fresh off the shuttle, was one of the newer boys who had just arrived at the Battle School; “launchies” as the veterans called them. However, not only was Bean assigned to an army right off the bat, unlike most newcomers, but positioned in Ender Wiggin’s army, the most celebrated soldier in the Battle School. Immediately, he made a loud impression among the students, commanders, and administrators. While Orson portrays this character as both a strong soldier and leader, Bean’s childish characteristics, his indestructible mind-set and selfless compassion, are what prove him to be significant.
First, to help us understand the character, Card illustrates the complexion, attitude, and personality of Bean. During his first encounter with the
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Throughout the duration of this book, the commander and his apprentice construct a reliable and trust-filled relationship. “Bean looked at him and realized that the impossible was happening-Ender Wiggin was actually confiding in him.” (pg. 197). After everything had come to an end, the Bugger and Civil War, “Ender began to cry and embraced Bean and Petra-‘I missed you,’ he said. ‘I wanted to see you so bad.’” Bean felt the same when Ender left for command school. “He felt himself wanting to cry-he tried to put a name on the feeling that put a lump in his throat and made him sob silently-he would never see Ender again.”(pg. 224) Both Bean and Ender have enormous hearts but live in isolation; are young and small, yet exceeded expectations. Their similarities are what draw them together and the reason they work so

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