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In Ender's Game last chapter, how come Ender happens to travel first to the very planet...

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tiagoh | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 27, 2010 at 7:09 AM via web

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In Ender's Game last chapter, how come Ender happens to travel first to the very planet where the last bugger egg is? Was it a purely random choice?

I mean, I don't understand. humans destroyed homeworld and than they picked a random (?) secundary bugger planet to begin the colonization process. And that random planet happens to be the place where the last bugger egg has been carefully hidden and is also the place where Ender and Valentine choose to move into to... too much coincidences!

Assuming the buggers didn't expect the planet itself - homeworld - to be wiped out, I understand they would choose another planet to hide the egg, because it would be logical for humans to do a througly clean up of homeworld, ence the egg would be safer elsewhere. Still, how come the planet chosen for the colonization is the exact planet where the egg is? Was it just purely random? I can't accpet that. There must be some explantion I fail to see.

This is actually blocking me from fully appreciating the book - which I loved btw :D

Thanks!

ps.: I haven't read the other books, so if the answers requires spoilers just point out "read the other books". No spoilers please

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 27, 2010 at 9:48 AM (Answer #1)

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I'll try to be as convincing as possible without much exact textual back up.  I do not have the book in front of me, but I think I can give you enough to help you understand.

The answer starts several chapters back - in the Mind Game.  Remember when Ender first sees Peter's face in the mirror, and it is an updated picture?  Graff (in the pre-chapter dialogue) is discussing (with Major Imbu I believe) the fact that the Mind Game has taken Ender to a place they've never seen before - The End of the World.  He also asks how the Mind Game got a recent picture of Peter.  Major Imbu cannot provide any exact answers, except that the Mind Game operates on its own level - beyond any human control.

Ender actually finds the bugger egg at "The End of the World" in the Mind Game first.  What (I believe) was really happening all along was that the Buggers were communicating with Ender through the Mind Game.  One of Ender's strengths throughout the novel is his gift of empathy.  He considers it a weakness every time he feels sorry for his enemy.  But this is ultimately how he was able to save the human race and the Buggers.  They tapped into his empathetic nature, communicated with him through the Mind Game, and essentially lead him to an egg holding a queen.  The book ends on a note of hope - as Ender plans to take this egg to a new planet, let it live, and become the "Speaker for the Dead" - someone who will learn and tell the buggers story.

I've discussed the end of the book at length with the classes I've read this with - and certainly, it is ambiguous at best.  I'm not sure that my synopsis is 100% accurate - but through several discussions I think this is what I've come to believing happened.

As for the other books in the series - if you liked the Ender's Game characters - you should definitely read Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, and Shadow Puppets.  I didn't make it through Speaker for the Dead, etc. as it takes a much more science fiction turn.

 

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tiagoh | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 27, 2010 at 6:44 PM (Answer #3)

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Thanks for your answer. My problem is that it wasn't ender who made the choice. Someone else decided where the colony would be, and than ender's happens to go there too. It is only when Ender and the other boy travel in the helicopter to find a suitable place for a second human colony that he finds the buuger artifacts.

Now that i think abut it.. why send the second colony to that same place? Maybe that was the planet closer after homeworld? Or somehow the buggers knew that was the planet humans would choose - besides homeworld.

What I must enjoyed in ender's game were the characters, the dialogues and the exploration of the relationship between them. I'm not fond of scifi per se.

You're telling em that "speaker for the dead" doesn't have that?

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