At what point in time does Ender lose his innocence? Why that reason or reasons, and how does he view the world afterwards? Please read description.
How have his experiences through his loss of innocence changed him, and his outlook on life and humanity? How is his humanity found?
Please answer all questions to the best of your ability. I know it's a lot, but it's an essay I have to do. I'm stumped. Yes, I have read the book in its entirety, so feel free to drop in book references.
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In order to write an essay about Ender’s loss of innocence, you must first establish that he was ever innocent. Since the book begins with his beating a schoolmate and his fear that he is just like his cruel brother Peter, it is hard to establish any original innocence. There are at least three battles going on in the book: His “Third” label and the shame that goes with it: his resistance against the military handlers and the way they train; the mock battles in the testing rooms, which end with the physical harming of one of his opponents; and the battle with the Buggers, which ends not with their defeat, but with Ender’s discovery of the neonatal hive of Buggers that survived the battle (it could be argued that Ender regains his innocence at that point.) In an essay about loss of innocence, all of these moments of enlightenment should be dealt with. In your sub-queries, you should chronicle his gradual climb into realizing his own worth. Whenever Ender realizes that his opponents (fellow trainees or the handlers) are playing “unfairly” he loses a little of his innocence, his belief that people are essentially good.
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