Ender Empathy Essay

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His empathy towards people makes him dangerous because he understands them extremely well. He has the ability to love the most brutal and evil people. As a result, Ender is hurting himself in the process because he feels what his enemy is feeling; defeat. This deep level of empathy and understanding allows him to love any of his enemies, even the most evil. Ender does not want enemies, but he has no choice but to destroy the nemeses in his way because of the difficult circumstances he faces. Ender is at his lowest point in the novel because he does not understand who he is anymore. His confusion with himself also makes it difficult for him to differentiate whether he is truly uncompassionate or compassionate. Valentine sees him as an empathetic…show more content…
Ender is the only hope left to defeat the buggers, and this is why Colonel Graff and Mazer Rackham manipulate him into killing the enemy. They believe that if Ender may While playing the game, Ender lost all possible compassion or empathy for the enemy, “Forget it, Mazer. I don't care if I pass your test, I don't care if I follow your rules, if you can cheat, so can I. I won't let you beat me unfairly -- I'll beat you unfairly first” (293). In battle, it is evident that Ender truly is ruthless. He stops at nothing to win the game and this causes him to unknowingly annihilate the buggers, not realizing the consequences of his actions. Although this has a devastating effect on both the buggers and Ender’s emotional state, his compassion allows him to help the buggers rebuild their lives. Since humanity wins the bugger war, Ender does not need to use his empathetic qualities for war; instead he feels compassion for the bugger queen. Ender makes a promise to the bugger queen, “I'll go from world to world until I find a time and a place where you can come awake in safety. And I'll tell your story to my people, so that perhaps in time they can forgive you,

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