Battle School In Ender's Game

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Right or wrong is constantly argued in morals, yet in the end it is always the right thing that hurts less people in the long run. In the novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, it is demonstrated that the actions of the battle school were not justified. This is displayed through the mental trauma students suffered and the extinction of an innocent species. Firstly, the actions of the battle school were wrong because the students suffered too much mental trauma. The mental trauma students suffer was exemplified when Anderson stated “‘But Ender won't leave it alone. Like Pinual. Everybody looks like Pinual at one time or another. But he's the only one who killed himself. (87)’” This is evidence that the battle school treated children in such …show more content…
The whole basis of the battle school was to create soldiers and commanders that could defeat the Buggers when they attacked humanity in the Third Invasion. However, in a conversation between Graff and Ender it was revealed "So the whole war is because we can't talk to each other?… If they were going to leave us alone, they could have done it a hundred years ago, before the First Invasion… When it comes down to it, though, the real decision is inevitable: if one of us has to be destroyed, let's make damn sure we're the ones alive at the end (295)”. Clearly, the people running battle school knew that the main issue between the Buggers and Humans was communication, but instead of trying to resolve this issue, they decided to destroy the species. This act was purely unethical because it showed a malicious intent from the battle school and represented all their wrongdoings. This malevolent act was once again displayed when the author revealed "We're not waiting for the Third Invasion. We are the Third Invasion. We're attacking them. (291)”. Without a doubt, the Buggers were not planning to attack Earth for a third time, but instead humans commenced the invasion. The actions of the battle school tricking Ender into killing the Bugger species when they did not want to attack in the first place is the epitome of the wrongdoings of the battle school. A whole species

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