Enders Game

Essay by petmydogHigh School, 11th gradeA, March 2008

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After reading your wonderful book, I couldn't but appreciate your work and thoughtfulness that you put in it. Reading Ender's Game made me reflect on the many different aspects of my life that were mirrored by the events, conflicts and especially the main character, Ender.

Your book made me sit down and think about how the things you wrote about relating very closely to my personal life. The friends that you always thought of being your closest, sometimes really weren't. In Ender's Game, it is never entirely clear who is a friend and who is an enemy. Graff, Anderson, and Rackham, who are undoubtedly Ender's friends, appear to him as enemies and are forced to do so. They do that to manipulate him into being the best commander that they have ever had. Ender though that to be a truly genuine friendship, but it turned out to be the opposite.

Not so long ago, I too came to my senses about some of my "friends". I was extremely close with them, but didn't realize that was in a way being harmed. Instead of benefiting from them and having a good time, I was really doing the opposite and that is hwy I decided to cut them off from my life. Similar examples can be seen throughout the book. At the end, Ender realizes that the buggers, which he has been trained all his life to fight against, are not really a true enemy. This can be seen when he says, "… I know truly who the enemy is now … "(Card 308). After reading this, I refreshed myself of who my real friends and enemies are, because you never know what can happen.

To my surprise, I also saw that the main character Ender was in the same...