Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (SPOiLERs? (I believe that empathy…
by Orson Scott Card
Andrew "Ender" Thomas Wiggin
Command School On Eros
"Killing's the first thing we learned."
The left image is the Battle School's Dragon Army patch. The Dragon Army consisted of brand new kids with no experience. Ender's task was to train them in less than a month, compared to the usual two. With Ender's unique way of thinking, strategic maneuvers, and teaching method, the army came to having an unbreakable winning streak.
The above image is of Ender's monitor. Monitors were very small devices implanted into a child's nervous system to determine the child's mental workings. If the child does well, then they are sent to the battle school orbiting around the earth.
I believe that empathy is important when struggling with an unhealthy relationship. Empathy can be defined as trying to understand the motivations and thoughts of those who hurt you. There is truth in the phrase 'don't judge a book by its cover'. Ender exhibits empathy in many ways. At the very beginning when he plays Buggers and Astronauts he thinks about what the buggers must think about humans. He feebly tries to understand them. He imagines why Bonzo is such a bad leader, he questions Graff's leading techniques, he wonders why his brother hates him. Empathy must be present. Otherwise there would be chaos.
"I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe,
and not love them the way they love themselves."
This is when Ender is reflecting on how he has changed how he thinks. He thinks about how it's he's doing everything to help others. Unfortunately in doing so he is destroying others. He shows empathy for those he is harming.
This quote occurs during a conversation between Ender and his sister. Ender says that he is a killer because he doesn't just defeat his enemies, he completely destroys them. His sister argues that this is not a bad thing by saying that that's exactly what man was made to do. His sister shows empathy by trying to understand how Ender is feeling.
Due to Ender's childhood, he has developed a very unique way of thinking that attracts the attention of the international fleet
At Battle School Ender's way of thinking is put to the test and Ender is forced to mold to what Colonel Graff is programming him to: a heartless tactician.
Ender figures out Graff's plan and realizes it is the only way, but in doing so causes him to love the buggers the more he learns how they function.
Ender meets Mazer Rackham and accidentally gets tricked into exterminating the buggers, which causes grief within him because of the Xenocide.
Ender's Game is an intense book that provokes intense thought about what triumph over enemies really is and if the sacrifice is worth it. I just can't describe the troubling thoughts that arise about today's society that seems ok at first glance
Coggle by Trevor Orchard