Breaking Down Dystopia: Enders Game – Part 2

Dear Jerry,

Today, I will be finishing up last weeks post about the “perfect” world of Enders Game. Ender Wiggin, the protagonist in Enders Game, starts the book as a five year old child living in a distant future version of America under a totalitarian regime. He was recruited to the Battle School and taken from his family for over ten years. You will remember how I mentioned the unbroken, and seemingly unbreakable patterns that were so integral in this world, yet, like all utopian worlds, this one also, eventually collapsed.
I think the world started falling apart when Ender realized that Battle School placed a VERY high priority on his well being., both mental and physical. Ender was smart enough to know that the authorities would have helped him even though they tried to make it clear that they would not. He knew that he was the worlds only hope of defeating the Buggers. Since he was such a perfect commander, the system and laws were being manipulated by politicians in order to get him in charge of the fleet.
Battle School followed a very set pattern. The kids were enlisted at five years old, trained for a couple years, then juggled through some “armies” to assist in their tactical planning and situational awareness. After being juggled back and forth to numerous different “armies”, they might become a toon leader or an officer. Ender spent about a year in two different “army’s” before he became a commander of his own “army”. Becoming a commander after so little time in Battle School was simply unheard of. This supposedly perfect world was not so perfect after all. The final happenstance that was a solid piece of evidence for the breakdown of the world was this, the administrators of battle school and the government were supposed to be very honest. In the end of the book, we find out that they deceived Ender in a very significant way. I will not say how, or in what way, because I would ruin the book for you. Next week I will bring the series, Breaking Down Dystopia, to a close with the final heading, “What Lesson Did the Author Want Us To Learn?”.




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