The book: Ender’s Game

Is Ender Wiggin A Hero? 

A villain or a hero is defined by his actions in a given literature piece. The growth of a character within a given literature may define whether on becomes a hero or a villain. Ender is a character that develops through the novel and is acknowledged by other characters within the novel. In most cases, heroes are glorified by other characters and at the same time villains condemned for their action. Ender had to overcome mental, human and alien enemies. Ender takes a hero’s role given his actions within the novel.  In the novel Ender’s Game, the audience and other character consider Ender Wiggin.  His actions against the “burgers” where justify by the human race.

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Other characters within the novel praise Ender and his actions.  After the final battle, soldiers and their leaders thank Ender for his contribution towards the victory.  Valentine is quick to point out the achievement of Ender during the battle. “You beat them” (Card 238), the statement, indicate the satisfaction by Valentine after the war and credits Ender for the victory. Colonel Graff also thanks Ender for the success achieved. “…Thank you…thank you Ender” (255). The statement indicates satisfaction by the system and Ender’s trainers. The goal of the system was to ensure the survival of the human race by destroying the “Burgers”. The praises by the military ranks highlight the key mission of Ender. The mission was accomplished through the genocide perpetrated by during the final battle. Among the military ranks and those around Ender, the protagonist is considered a hero.

The protagonist overcomes different challenges to emerge successfully and becomes an inspiration. At the beginning of the novel, Ender is still young and within no time, proving he had what it takes to undertake the journey. From a young 6-year old boy to a commander who eventually destroys the “burgers” Ender is no doubt a hero within the school and to the human race. Along the journey, Ender had to endure insecurity and loneliness in order to become a hero at the end of the novel. Humor and his ability to overcome the older boys made him a hero among his schoolmates and teacher. Ender refers to GOD as the author of the message he receives. “Yesterday someone sent a message…signed God…” (Card 52), this highlights the nature in which he won the hearts of many including those who despised his character. Humor was a trait meant to overcome one of his enemies, which was loneliness.

Murder and genocide incidents involving Ender were forced by events and were beyond personal control. Mistreatment and need to survive forced Ender into the murder of two boys in the school. The constant \harassment forced the main character into his actions (Bruice 17). At the end of the novel, Ender is angry since he was tricked into killing an entire alien population. “I don’t want to kill them all…you tricked me into it…” (Card 236), at this point, Ender is forced into killing through trickery. The final battle had placed the protagonist negatively among the audience but through this statement, it is clear that ender was tricked into the action. It is, however, justifiable to label Ender as a “naive” hero.

Ender regrets his action and is willing to ensure a future for the aliens and at the same time make peace with his siblings. Ender reconciles with his siblings as one set towards psychological victory. In order to fight his mental enemy, he regrets killing the alien race. “… I think it’s impossible to understand…very moment I love them…” (Card 238), Ender at this point is acknowledging his role in wiping out an entire race but is determined to ensure love exist in future and to respect the enemy. Other characters praise his actions of wiping out an entire generation but to him the actions are regrettable. The betrayal nature of the system highlights the real traits of the main character and the manner in which he intended during the Burgers confrontations. The human nature of Ender’s is portrayed at the end of the novel. He continuous to fight for the rights of the dead “burger” this is in a bid to win the psychological fight. The real villains in this novel are his trainers and the system. The system trains a killer while the trainers never revealed whether the final battle was a simulation or a real fight against the entire alien race.

In conclusion, Ender Wiggin is a hero has he is able to defeat his enemies. The novel highlights three types of enemies that Ender successfully overcomes. His psychological enemy is defeated when he overcomes loneliness and the genocide. His human enemies are defeated when he stands out during harassment by his schoolmates and seniors. The alien enemy is defeated when he takes over the final battle and wipes out the entire alien population. It clear that his villain-like traits were forced by events. The murdered children had constantly bothered the protagonist while the genocide was because of a trick played by the teacher. The author develops Ender and enables him to overcome various hurdles in order to label him as a hero. Ender regretted taking part in the ‘burgers genocide’ thus creating a positive trait among the audience.


Works cited

Bruce, Shawn. The Heroic Fallacy: Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game and the Young Adult reader. Cedarville University. 15 Apr. 2013. Web. 2 Apr. 2017

Card, Orson. Ender’s Game. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 2013. Print