Ender's Game questions from a student in Singapore
Was Ender meant to symbolize hope for humanity?
I don't use my characters to symbolize anything. Ender was a kid with
extraordinary abilities who was pressed into doing very difficult things by adults
who thought they were doing what was necessary to save the human race from an
Do you believe the adults at the Battle School were correct in their method of
training Ender? If not, how should it be changed?
This question is completely answered in the story, as far as it can be answered.
Were they "correct"? How can anyone possibly know? They believed the Buggers
were going to destroy the human race; they trained the children to fight the war;
the children fought and won, completely and irrevocably. Maybe they would also
have won if they did it another way, but how could anyone ever know?
Why did you write Ender's Game?
Because I thought it was a good story that other people might want to read.
Is there a message that you want told through this book?
My message is the same in all my books: Here is a story that felt important and
true to me. I hope I have written it clearly enough that it might also feel important
and true to you.
Do you believe that children should be trained to protect the future?
I believe that children should be educated (a) so that they know what is
expected of a member of adult society and (b) so they are able to adapt to change
and have the courage and independence to introduce changes when they believe
something is wrong with the society around them.