Essay about Enders Game vs. Odyssey

706 Words Feb 15th, 2011 3 Pages
Sam Britt

The Odyssey, written by Homer, and Ender’s Game, written by Orson Scott Card, are books written about two different individuals who show both their good, and their inner evil, but only one is a true hero. Ender is a true hero. Coming as a weak, sensitive child, he transforms into a person who practices nonstop strategies and maneuvers until they are just simple natural instincts. He shows leadership, courage, fearfulness, and trust. Odysseus is no hero. Even though he won the Trojan War, he returns with a massive amount of his men dead just from his journey to and from Troy. He shows his brutality, foolishness, and no sense of gratefulness and honor. Ender expresses kindness and sensitivity, but faces
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He shows a meager sample of his weak leadership and his inner evil when he stops by the island of Ismarus, plundering innocent people and murdering them for the fun of it. Ender’s leadership towards his team and courage to stand up for what he thinks is right pays off. Ender quotes,”Alai, this is yours; assign Petra and Vlad to the fighters as you wish.” (Card 195) the trust that his team has for him is brotherly. Any decision Ender makes, even the unthinkable, is always followed and completed. Ender arrives at Command School, feeling exhausted and nervous that the world will depend on him, yet he comes feeling strong, willing to train hard and examine closely. This is mainly how Ender feels since the teachers have pushed Ender to extreme limits, and still he shows no weakness. Ender fights in simulations with his friends at Battle School and learns in reality he actually defeats the buggers and destroys their planet. Odysseus may be full of courage, but he holds the wrong type. His fearlessness and courage to fight and act upon situations always leads him to no good. When Odysseus and his men leave the island of Polyphemus, he was definitely courageous to admit to tricking Polyphemus. His foolishness only leads him to more dead men and a long, tough way returning home. In the end, Ender’s heroic actions and abilities overcome Odysseus’s idiotic actions. Odysseus goes out with a crew, uses them and gets

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