Re: Ender's Game - Chapters 1 through 3
I like this book alot. It speaks to the isolation one can feel in a society that places high expectations on us all from early childhood. It speaks to the fact that we do not as a whole let our children be children for long...that our schooling is mostly meant to produce consumers and specialists rather than educating and teach how to think.
Ender is basically seen by everyone in the story (except Valentine) as a pawn, CREATED by the state through selective breeding. But Ender seems to have risen above that (I am not totally done reading yet, so I am couching my conlusions, yes) and has actually learned to control events and people to HIS will.
His biggest enemy seems to be his brother, and I have not gotten to the point where that resolves, but something tells me that his biggest enemy is himself and not his brother at all. The reason I say this is because he can handily defeat just about everyone else in the story either mentally or physically, but he lets his brother control him.
Or are these children all part of the same person in the end? Is Ender the strength that Valentine lacks or the conscience that Peter lacks?
Anyway...just meanderings. I am not happy with the chapter threads for this book, so I am not sure where to start posting what...my thoughts are more general with this book.
The one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.
Once you perceive the irrevocable truth, you can no longer justify the irrational denial. - Mr. P.
The pain in hell has two sides. The kind you can touch with your hand; the kind you can feel in your heart...Scorsese's "Mean Streets"
I came to kick ass and chew Bubble Gum...and I am all out of Bubble Gum - They Live, Roddy Piper