How do you analyze/foreshadow this quote?"It was not his fault he was a Third. It was the government's idea, they were the ones who authorized it - how else could a Third like Ender have got into...

How do you analyze/foreshadow this quote?

"It was not his fault he was a Third. It was the government's idea, they were the ones who authorized it - how else could a Third like Ender have got into school?"

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In a controlled population society where two children are allowed but a third child (a Third) is strongly discouraged, the government has purposely allowed the parents (Wieczorek) to have a third child, because brother Peter was too violent and aggressive, and sister Valentine wasn’t aggressive enough.  The family genes produce geniuses.  So when other students call him “Third” (an insult) his defenders point out that the government gave him an education, as well as authorizing his birth, as part of their long-range plan to invent the perfect warrior.   The whole book is centered on the dramatic development of Ender’s creativity and his handlers’ intentions.  There has to come a point when his genius actually circumscribes his handlers’ control (one of the most important layers of the book is the “education” of the government program itself and of his handlers.)  Ender’s “game” is to transcend the expectations of the present world, whether that world is the artificial battlefield of his training, or the battlefield of his war with his handlers, or the war with the Buggers.  This is what the quotation foreshadows.

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