In the book Ender's Game, two of the main characters are tired of being treated like children in society, so they decide to put their highly evolved grey matter to work in an international forum under the names Locke, and Demosthenes. The significance of these names is that Locke and Demosthenes were both excruciatingly influential political figures during their era in history. Peter and Valentine, Ender's siblings, use these names as pseudonyms in the story, to possibly influence and cause a debate between important leaders and citizens in the world. Locke and Demosthenes were superb choices of aliases for use in the international forum.
Locke. A name that was so credential to the population of the United Kingdom in the latter half of the 1600's. Locke was a great man who did many things for his country. "Locke is remembered today largely as a politic philosopher. He preached the doctrine that man naturally possesses certain large rights, the chief being life, liberty, and property."
(pg.278, History at an Estranged Glance, by McCracken Phil & Dover, Ben, Your Momma Books LTD., Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2001) Locke influenced not only the people of his time, but many political thinkers in the years to come. "The American Declaration of Independence, clearly reflects Locke's teachings." (pg.278, McCracken & Dover) As well as a political thinker, Locke was also a teacher, preacher, scientist, physician, and confidential secretary to many important people of that time-frame. All in all, a very important individual in history who presented many valid points.
Peter Wiggins may only be a young boy, but inside his mind is a vastly complex series of thoughts and ideas, limited to few people on the earth. "There are maybe two or three thousand people in the world as smart as us, little sister. Most...