How does the setting affect the conflict of Ender's Game?

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In Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game," the children spent the majority of their time at Battle School, an isolated space station designed to educate them and train them in the art of war. This setting serves several purposes that impact the conflict of the story.

First of all, it forces the children into isolation and competition. By doing this, it accelerates the natural competitive structure of the children's lives. They are basically left in a militant organization with little structure above them, as the teachers and commanders are hands-off unless they are doling out punishment. The isolation forces them to work...

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