Ender's Hardships (Ender's Game) Essay

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Ender’s Hardships Have you ever wondered what makes a great leader? It takes bravery, strategy, intelligence, loyalty, and honesty. Ender obtained all of these traits through his troubles. Ender’s hardships ultimately helped him become a great leader. His hardships were his childhood, isolation, and competition. First of all, Ender became a great leader because of his childhood bullies. Ender beating up Stilson ended his bullying on Earth. Ender realized, “I have to win this now, and for all time, or I’ll fight it every day and it will get worse and worse.” Ender was planning ahead for the future which is a trait that a great leader needs. In addition. Peter picking on Ender ultimately made him stronger. Ender in the mind game, “Instead, he found a mirror. And in the mirror he saw a face that he easily recognized. It was Peter, with blood dripping down his chin and a snake's tail protruding from a corner of his mouth.” This is Ender’s worst nightmare – looking into a mirror, and seeing Peter watching him. Now, only the game tells Ender that he’s like Peter, while Valentine tells Ender that he isn’t like Peter. Peter also made Ender stronger by fighting with him at their house. Next, Isolation from the rest of humanity made Ender become a great leader. Graff isolated Ender to make him not rely on others. Graff told Anderson, “Isolate him enough that he remains creative – otherwise he’ll adopt the system here and we’ll lose him. At the same time, we need to make sure he keeps a strong ability to lead.” The administrators need someone who will be creative and find new solutions for old problems, so they isolate Ender. Yet they still need him to be able to deal with people and lead them. If they isolate Ender totally, he wouldn’t have social skills. Isolation has its upside, creativity, and its downside, lack of social skills and empathy. Ender looks back at why he

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