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Ender's Game
Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game Analysis

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

A Short Note Before StartingIf you haven’t read Orson Scott Card’s introduction to Ender's Game, you might take a look at it, if only for the part where Card says that he avoided all the litera...

Setting

The Future on Earth and in SpaceThe setting of Ender's Game is really five places: North Carolina, Battle School, Fairyland/the End of the World, Command School, and the Colony. But first, let’s...

Narrator Point of View

Third Person (Limited Omniscient)Listen to this:Father and Mother said it, so often it made Valentine want to scream at them. It isn't the new Peter! It's the old Peter, only smarter!How smart? Sma...

Style

Keeping it SimpleEver notice that sometimes people use “simple” as a negative word? Like, you can imagine someone saying, “this book is simple,” and they really mean “this book isn’t ve...

What's Up With the Title?

Let’s get the obvious answer out of the way: this book is called “Ender’s Game” because it’s primarily about a kid called Ender, who happens to spend most of his time playing games. So En...

What's Up With the Ending?

That is a very good question: what is up with this ending? Or, should we say: what’s up with all the different endings? You ever notice how some recent films seem to wrap things up…and then go...

Tough-o-Meter

(3) Base CampThis isn’t a book for children – just look at how much violence is in it, and the dirty language these kids use (everything is all “fart” and “your butt”). Oh, yeah, it’s...

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