The Symbolism Of Valentine In Ender's Game

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While reading Ender’s Game, I was responsible for tracking Valentine’s character development throughout the course of the novel. By doing this, I learned about what kind of character Valentine is and I learned about her personality. For my body biography of Valentine, my first symbol is a heart to symbolize how she is a loving and caring person, especially when something involves her brother Ender. Valentine’s love for Ender plays a major role in the novel. I placed the heart symbol on her chest where an actual heart would be located because it truly represents how Valentine is such a loving character. In Ender’s Game, there are several examples of Valentine’s loving personality, in addition to examples of how much love Ender has for Valentine. …show more content…
One of the first examples of Valentine’s incredible intelligence is in chapter two, on page 13, it says, “’Oh, yes,’ said Valentine. ‘They’ll believe that. ‘I didn’t know it would kill Andrew. And when he was dead, I didn’t know it would kill Valentine too.’” Although Ender and Valentine were being threatened by Peter, Valentine was smart enough to say this to Peter because she knew, logically, that it would make no sense if Peter went through with his plans to hurt his siblings. Another example that shows Valentine’s intelligence and maturity is located on page 233, “This time Val had grown up enough to know just how much danger the world was in. And she had been Demosthenes long enough that she didn’t hesitate to do her duty.” Once again, despite that fact that she is still very young, she is smart enough to know what she needs to do because she understands what state the planet was in. From these examples of Valentine’s character in Ender’s Game, it can be gathered that Valentine is a very loving and sweet character, but she is also smart, and that’s why I chose a heart and a brain as my symbols for …show more content…
This is one of the key differences between her and her brothers. In the novel, all three Wiggin children are monitored, but Peter and Valentine are not selected for Battle School like Ender. For Valentine, this was because she was too nice. This is actually stated on page 228, and it says, "Demosthenes is definitely the girl, but Graff says the girl was rejected for Battle School because she was too pacific, too conciliatory, and above all, too empathetic." So, due to her incredible kindness, Battle School did not accept her. I put this quote on my illustration near Valentine's heart to show her empathetic and loving character. I also included it because it reveals why Ender even exists; because his siblings were either too apathetic or empathetic. Valentine's kindness is also prevalent with her older brother Peter, not just Ender. An example of this can be found on page 236, and it says, "She had shared so much with Peter these last few years that even when she thought she despised him, she understood him." Peter tortured her when she was younger, and even though the two didn't always get along, Valentine actually understood him and was still able to be nice to him. Additionally, more towards the beginning of the novel, when Valentine is first introduced, she is depicted as nice and gentle. When she sees that Ender's monitor has been removed on page ten, it says, "'I'm

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