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Nov 14, 2013 (3 years and 11 months ago)

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Ender’s Game Questions

Genre Questions

1.

Ender’
s G
ame can be considered
an
almost stereotypical

novel
, in the sense that it
does contain numerous examples of the conventions of science fiction in it.
These
include the setting being isolated, mysterious and
dangerous; the hero/protagonist
is flawed but has sound values and a determination to succeed (even though he kills
the buggers unintentionally at the end);

the

v
illain
s of the story being the buggers
(aliens in the context of science fiction) and advanced

t
echnology
in the form of
space travel and various other futuristic inventions.

2.

I don’t believe that Ender’s Game challenges the conventions of the science fiction
genre to any great extent,
although one significant difference is that the buggers are
pro
ven not to be the true enemy; rather
Ender is caught between the lies and deceit
of his adult teachers
and obeys their wishes unknowingly.

3.

The setting

of the novel is predominately the battle school, where gifted y
oung
students

are sent to
learn how
to fig
ht against the buggers.
The isolation of being
inside the space station is in contrast to the vastness of space itself, which is where
the real battles are being fought. The setting is like an illusion, as it shows what is
outside without ever truly leavin
g the building. It is this illusion that makes Ender
disgusted after his ‘virtual reality’ battle against overwhelming odds turns out to be
real.
He leaves the confines of the battle school to venture into open space, where
he can travel as he pleases.
He
leaves isolation and discipline to be set free.



General Discussion Questions

1.

Lateral thinking is finding ways to solve problems using

unconventional or
apparently illogical means rather than by a traditionally logical approach

.
Ender uses
lateral thinking to
outmanoeuvre his foes, by adopted unconventional tactics and
surprising them

with his troops.

2.

Three example where difference is a positive aspect of Ender’s situation are his
excessive
intelligence, which allows him to think

intuitively; alienation from his many
of his peers, which allows him to develop independently; and his
position as a third
child, which
brings together traits from his older brother and sister.

3.

In this example, you would be brought up to be a master at yo
ur chosen talent. You
wouldn’t receive a ‘regular’

childhood
, and you would be disciplined by your
teachers to go above and beyond everyone else.

But your social life would probably
suffer as you would lose contact with your friends,
and the attention you
would get
if you are noticed by the population
would affect your image to others.

4.

I think
the content of computer games should only be censored to the point where
the game starts to affect your real life. Virtual reality can simulate life (and this isn’t
necessarily a bad thing) but when your virtual life starts to ‘take over’

your real life,
the game can become dangerous. If the player of the game knows it isn’t real, you
can be safe in the knowledge
that
the game is probably safe. But in Ender’s case,
th
e
game at the end
of the book is
actually real and this destroys him to some degree
when he finds out the truth.

5.

Computer games in our world exist merely as a form of engaging entertainment,
whilst in Ender’s world they seem to be more like school work an
d accurate imitation
of reality.
Games in our world, at least at the moment, aren’t usually designed to
substitute for the real thing in any significant detail. The battle room of Ender’s
Game seems more like
a simulation, rather than a form of engrossing
entertainment.

6.

Hegemony is defined as ‘
control or dominating influence by one person or group,
especially by one political group over society or one nation over others
’. In Ender’
s
Game, H
egemon is used to refer to
Peter’s substantial influence over world

politics
and ultimate control of the Earth itself.
Strategy is defined as ‘
a carefully devised
plan of action to achieve a goal, or the art of developing or carrying out such a plan
’.
In Ender’s Game, Strategos is used to refer to Ender as the military le
ader of Earth’s
forces. In fact, the word strategos is Greek for ‘general’ or ‘army leader’.

7.

The term Veni Vidi Vici relates to Ender because it translates from Latin as ‘I came, I
saw, I conquered.’ It is a famous phrase as it was coined by the Roman gen
eral Julius
Caesar and Ender himself is a general. His sound grasp of battle tactics
and military
strategy
means he relatively easily annihilates the bugger fleets and their home
worlds at the end of the book.