Assignment 2 Essay Topics

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Assignment 1

You may not submit your essay until you have submitted your outline and it's been approved.

Your essay must be at 1500-2500 words. You must support your argument by citing several passages from the assigned readings. These are the readings listed on the web site, not the shorter stories I pass out in class. Papers must be word-processed, appropriately formatted using MLA standards (double-spaced, pages numbered, etc) and contain appropriate citations and a bibliography (list of works cited). Please follow the guidelines posted here. There are also some great tips on writing essays on fiction posted in other sections of this website.

You must also cite at least one critical source (not another story) from a scholarly journal (see the "Text and Materials" section of this website for a list of scholarly journals).

You may also cite factual information from Wikipedia (though not someone's opinion stuck in Wikipedia!). I'm also happy to talk to you about your sources, or anything else, if you want to see if you're on the right track....

No more than four people may sign up for one question. Sign up is on a first-come first-served basis. Please put you name next to the topic you wish to do.

Write an SF short story. Note that you must still submit an outline.
Zachary Kain
Saro M
Chris B
Ender is the most sympathetic character in Ender's Game. Yet he is responsible for the deaths of several humans and the destruction of an entire non-human race. Peter is the least sympathetic character, and yet he is responsible for saving millions of human lives. What is Card saying about human nature?
Illustrate how Games play an important role in Ender's Game, and explain what the author is trying to say about games and human psychology.
The relationship between children and adults is a central theme in Ender's Game. What is Card saying about this relationship? Illustrate your points by referring to Ender's relationship with his parents, Graff and Anderson (and any other adults that might support your point).
Ender's Game is, in large part, about the conflict between our individual needs and the greater good. What is Card saying about this conflict? (For example, do you think Card approves of the way in which Graff and Anderson manipulate and deceive Ender to defeat the buggers?)
Ender's Game