Study Questions and Essay Topics
Why does Orson Scott Card use a young boy as the protagonist in a book about a great war between humanity and aliens?
How are good and evil addressed in Ender's Game?
What is Card saying about manipulation in Ender's Game?
Suggested Essay Topics
Compare the way that Ender treats Bean to the way that Graff treats Ender. What does this say about the role of leadership or authority?
Ender kills two children while only trying to defend himself. What is Card saying about violence?
The buggers can communicate instantaneously, and they fought humans at first because they did not believe that they were sentient beings? Is this a statement about war? About communication?
The I.F. has control over Ender because they were the ones who authorized his birth. Does Card seem to imply that governments or international alliances be allowed to have such control over individuals?
Are the characters in Ender's Game realistic? What features, if any, do they share with real people? What features, if any, do they have that are unique to the book? What does this say about the way people are? What does it say about the way they should be?
by ICanReadMusicToo, June 03, 2013
I think the foil of the brothers' motivations can be simplified like this:
Ender is always doing the wrong thing for the right reasons:
Ender always wants to do no harm, but is often forced to harm/destroy by situations beyond his control. He does his best to do things in the most moral way, and for only the most moral purposes, but that's not always as possible as he would like.
Peter does the right thing for the wrong reasons:
Peter simply wants to do whatever is the easiest/most beneficial for himself, and is in... Read more→
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