Bullying Essay

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Kimani Thomas Professor Emily Havey English 115 September 23, 2013 Bullying on the Opposite Spectrum Chris Colfer once said, “When people hurt you over and over, think of them as sand paper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless.” Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is about a young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggins, whose counterattack on a school bully proves he has the makings to be the “ultimate commander”. Ender faces many obstacles in his journey to perfection and faces bullying on both sides of the spectrum, victim and abuser. Ender uses these trials positively and they allow him to reach his destiny as the savior from the buggers and the most brilliant commander ever. Although bullying has a negative connotation, in many cases it has been proven positive, to the victim and the abuser. Victims of bullying are better prepared for the world and have better-rounded personalities, and in some cases, bullies are able to reflect on what they have done and feel compassion toward those they have hurt. Survival of the fittest is a mandatory tactic to be successful and in fact, survive in any society. Victims of bullying have to find ways to keep themselves safe and out of harm’s way, just as adults in the workplace must do. These adults have to learn to fight for themselves and get ahead in the best possible way. In the first chapter of Ender’s Game, Ender is subjected to bullying by his classmates, and one student inparticular, Stilson, gets a kick out of tormenting Ender. Ender allows the bullying to go on for some time but eventually learns he must put an end to it. Strategically, in the next fight Ender fights back and beats Stilson to a pulp. He knows he could have simply just hurt Stilson but, he wanted to send a message to the other students, he was a force not to be reckoned with. Ender knew that

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