“There is what I would call the hero journey, the sea journey, the hero quest, where the individual is going to bring forth in his life something that was never beheld before.” – Joseph Campbell. In the novel Enders game by Orson Scott Card, the main character Ender is a 6-year-old boy that was pressured to join the military. He was the smartest and most strategic person out of all his peers, so therefore he was chosen. He struggled to deal with the hardships of his new-found responsibilities and challenges and been away from the people he cared for. Ender must deal with pressures and challenges of grown adults and was forced to grow up.
Ender was often picked on at school for being a third. A third means the third child in a family which to them was looked down upon. He was often harassed and bullied by his older brother peter who was jealous of his little brother success in what he had failed at which was been qualified to attend battle school. The ordinary world for Ender would be surrounded by his true loved ones, Valentine, his older sister who has
always been there for him and protected him from any danger especially their psychotic older brother peter. Ender’s call to adventure was known when the administrator of battle school Hyrum Graff visited him and invited him to join battle school. “But the officer stood up and stepped across the room to Ender. He held out his hand. “My name is Graff, Ender. Colonel Hyrum Graff. I’m the director of primary training at Battle school in the Belt. I’ve come to invite you to enter the school.” (19) At battle school Ender would be introduced to intense training and new experiences which will begin a new chapter in his young life. Ender was not willing to leave in a hurry because he was very young and scared to go to an unfamiliar place without Valentine and his parents. He was reluctant at first, but he knew this was his destiny and the main purpose of his life. A third child in this society is not seen as a good thing but he had to be born due to his family’s great genetics. The military believed if his family had a third child he would be perfect to join the army and take down the buggers for good. “I’m afraid, said Ender quietly. But I’ll go with you. It’s what I was born for, isn’t it? If I don’t go, why am I alive? I don’t want to go, said Ender, but I will” (26)
Ender arrives at battle school which is when he finally crosses the threshold. He is in a new environment surrounded by new rules and strangers. He will need time to adapt to his new surroundings and changes. This is when his journey officially begins. Enders time at battle school hasn’t been long but his road of trials has already begun. Colonel Graff is determined to keep Ender isolated from everyone so that he can be alone and feel like he has only himself. Graff does this so Ender relies on only
himself and won’t get distracted by his feelings towards others during difficult times when hard and maybe harsh decisions need to be made. “I told you. His isolation can’t be broken. He can never come to believe that anybody will ever help him out, ever. If he once thinks there’s any easy way out, he’s wrecked.” (38) Graff’s isolation idea is not the right way to go because Ender is very young and if he gets isolated in an unfamiliar place it would make him very miserable. Graff’s precautions will have very negative outcome on Ender eventually. He should feel welcomed and comfortable and be able to act normal with others and build good relationships with them because that is the key to trust and good team work which is what they need to defeat the buggers.