How does Ender change throughout the book Ender's Game? In what parts of the book is this shown?

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I’m glad that the question specified “book,” because the movie got a lot wrong. One simple change that Ender goes through over the course of the book is a simple aging process. He is six years old when the book begins and eleven years old when he defeats the buggers. He then goes on a two-year journey with his sister at relativistic speeds, which messes with time dilation, so depending on how you count, Ender is either around thirteen when the book ends or over fifty.

"Demosthenes retired. Now I'm going with the first colony."

"It's fifty years to get there—"

"Only two years if you're aboard the ship."

Besides aging over the course of the novel, Ender’s emotional state changes drastically. Throughout the book, Ender is presented to readers as an underdog. He’s young, he’s small, he’s the third child in a family, and so on. For those reasons, Ender is the target of bullies at his Earth school and the Battle School. In the beginning, Ender is a fearful child and afraid of...

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