– Is Colonel Graff a good character or a bad character? Does he exploit Ender or make the hard decisions that are necessary for the survival of Earth?
– What moral lessons does Card include in Ender’s Game? Are any particularly applicable to today’s problems?
– How does today’s world differ from the one that first read Ender’s Game in 1985? Are any of the points made with the novel still applicable today?
– In Western society, we don’t reach social maturity until at least age 18, while children in Ender’s world are expected to act and perform as adults at a much younger age. Do societies in the real world exist where a child enters adulthood at a young age? What effect does that have on the society as a whole?
I’ll be addressing the last question in my discussion, now on Monday, November 11th. Check back here to participate or leave a comment regarding any of the discussion questions. Can’t wait to hear what you think about the alternate world that Card has created for our hero to live his remarkable life.
I’ll include a brief mention of the film adaptation of Ender’s Game, released last weekend. I haven’t seen it yet but am looking forward to seeing how director Gavin Hood (X-men Origins: Wolverine, Rendition) builds Ender’s world of null gravity. If you’re going to see the movie, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read the book first! It’s a quick read and no matter how well done the movie is, it couldn’t possibly hold a candle to the version built in the imaginations of Orson Scott Card and you!