“I could kill you like this,” Peter whispered “Just press and press until you’re dead” (12). In the action filled novel “Ender’s Game” there is an imminent war against the buggers and mankind, but also between the protagonist himself. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is at a constant war between himself, as he is coming to the realization of his life choices. Constantly weighing his past actions to see if he’s kind hearted like his sister Valentine or destructive like his older brother Peter, who always take violence one step too far.
Ender despite how hard he tries to not be, has Peter’s actions flowing through his veins, he is strong and violent just like Peter. Peter, the eldest of the Wiggin siblings has tortured and violently abused Ender throughout his short-lived childhood and that aggression has passed onto Ender. One incident involved Ender at the age of six being ganged up by Stilson and his group of bullies who were all eight at the time, the fight ended with Stilson being killed because Ender couldn’t control his fierce blows to Stilson. As Ender explained his actions to Colonel Graff it wasn’t until later that Ender had realized his Peter-like actions, “Knocking him down won the first fight. I wanted to win all the next ones, too. So they’d leave me alone.” (19). A similar repercussion happened during battle school when Ender had become so famous within the school for being so successful that he’d attracted bad attention by the notorious Bonzo and his gang. In the shower’s where the “jumping” occurred a quick turn of events led Bonzo on the ground completely immobile, and that’s when the inner Peter struck, Ender hadn’t stopped while Bonzo was already down as he kicked him with all his might right into the groin. A monster? No. Peter? Yes, Ender can deny him being can tell himself that he’s not Peter but at the end of the day his actions define him, not his thoughts. Such violence always has an answer behind the actions, especially for Ender Wiggin.
Hunger, the thirst, the want and need for something is the stride of the leap for Ender and Peter. Peter has always had a goal in mind which was complete world domination, and that he got through any means, including using his own sister. But Ender had different goals in mind, plans forced upon him that he quickly accepted as his own, to kill all the buggers and save the world “It was what I was born for, isn’t it? If I don’t go, why I am alive?” (26). With a goal set in place it was only a matter of how it was accomplished and like Peter, Ender went to any length to do so. Ender had constantly pushed himself for years, completely changing his whole life to stop these buggers, to a point where he didn’t even know who he was anymore. “You’ll be strangers. You’ll still love her, Ender, but you won’t know her” (21),
Valentine, the person that means the most to Ender had had to be sidelined because deep down Ender’s goal was not family, but freedom from the buggers. Even in Battle School, Ender didn’t stop winning to gain more friends and he didn’t slow down for the bugger’s to catch him either. He had his own pace that couldn’t be matched; it was this very thirst for the goal and willingness to go any length that took Ender all the way to the end. That same thirst is what a leader is made out of, but what about the early upbringings to every leader? Without the skill and thought of being able to benefit one’s self is the difference between a Sergeant and a General.
Isolation had brought Ender to the early stages of his battle school career and left him with no friends and many enemies, it was do or die, or how Ender thought of it as another opportunity to benefit himself. Spend time with Valentine for a few years to take over the nets was Peter’s intentions, with the grand scheme to blow Valentine off at the last second and dominate the world on his own. Ender on the other hand was in a bad position when he had been placed under the Salamander Army where Bonzo, (the leader) who was apathetic and violent towards Ender had forced him to not be able to play the game in its entirety. “You will remain at the gate, with your weapons undrawn and unfired, until such time as the game ends.” (78). After breaking Bonzo’s rule and causing a tie instead of defeat he knew Bonzo’s frustration towards Ender would be enough to put him over the edge and trade him off to another army.
Although this was not the ideal way of being traded to another army, it worked nonetheless. Immediately after being traded from the Salamander army, Ender is faced with new challenges of having to prove his worth as he is still the “six year old that changed a loss into a tie”, having gone through being in an army that didn’t want Ender once already he had to prove himself, but how? “Ender. As soon as that doors opens, you jump through, go straight ahead towards the enemy’s doors” (105) being forced into a pointless suicide Ender knew this was his moment, to prove not only to Rose The Nose but to everyone that he demanded respect from everyone. Brothers will always be brothers, Ender and Peter specifically are the type of brother’s that like to always reward themselves before rewarding others.
Ender is more like his brother Peter as opposed to Valentine because of his violent aggression, his constant want for something and his skill of always being able to benefit himself. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is at a constant war between himself, as he is coming to the realization of his life choices. Constantly weighing his past actions to see if he’s kind hearted like his sister Valentine or destructive like his older brother Peter, who always take violence one step too far. Even the most successful leaders in the world can be at constant war with themselves, but despite their thoughts, it’s their actions that define them and in this situation the inner Peter is what makes Ender.
Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game (Ender, Book 1). New York: Tor Science Fiction, 1994.