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Are Peter, Valentine, and Ender more alike or more different from each other? Examples...

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jimmy231231 | Student | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted September 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM via web

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Are Peter, Valentine, and Ender more alike or more different from each other? Examples please from the novel !!

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted September 14, 2012 at 10:51 PM (Answer #1)

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Not only are these three characters siblings, but they all three have been monitored by the military government, to determine their suitability for the intense training program leading to the anticipated conflict with the Buggers.  Their differences, however, are what moves the novel away from a simple science fiction work toward a novel about growing up.  While they were all very intelligent (and not even teens yet), their basic underlying personalties were quite different.  Peter has a mean and violent personality, actually torturing and taunting his brother Ender and his sister Valentine.  Valentine is loving and supportive of Ender, and sees through Peter's anger; Ender, on the other hand, is afraid he may have the same mean streak--in his encounter with the bully before entering the training program, in which he uses more force than necessary (he justifies it by saying he wanted to intimidate the bully's friends).  His potential violent streak comes up again during his training when another bully tries to gang up on Ender.  In the end, he is the most anti-violent of all.  

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jimmy231231 | Student | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted September 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM (Answer #2)

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how are they all alike ? What personalities do they have in common ? Examples please !

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted September 16, 2012 at 11:43 PM (Answer #3)

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Jimmy, their personalities are not very much alike.  One main personality trait that all three of these characters have in common is a great sense of competition.  They also are all three very confident in their beliefs.  Ender is probably the least confident because he is so very young at the beginning of the series, but he grows quickly.  Much of the conflict between these three children is their sense of competition and desire to be right and their desire to be accepted.  Past those personality traits they are all three very different people.

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