‘Explain how a main character has helped us understand a main theme in the movie’
The movie ‘Ender’s Game’ was directed by Gavin Hood and was released in 2013, it is the movie adaption of the novel ‘Ender’s Game’ written by Orson Scott Card. The main protagonist is ‘Ender Wiggin’ a young teenage boy, who undergoes vigourous training along with thousands of other in a special selection progress. There are a few very important themes in the book, some of these include warfare, youth, manipulation and Leadership. Leadership is a theme in the movie that is very important, Ender faces many challenges along the movie and they all help him realise his true identity as a leader. An example of a challenge that Ender faced was the final battle scene where he destroys the Formics home planet.
During the movie; Ender faces many challenges during the film, many of these challenges help him identify his leadership qualities. When Ender is accepted into battle school he is afraid of standing out from the others, scared of being superior. He wants to be accepted and liked by the rest of the launchies and recruits. Colonel Graff exposes Ender as being smart, as being better than the rest of the launchies while on the spaceship heading to battle school. This means that most of the launchies have an instant enmity against Ender. This is shown when Bernard says “Oh look, it’s the smartass”. Ender has very few friends, and he is very lonely and isolated, this makes Ender believe he is going to fail and he will not become a leader. This is a key to Ender and his progression into a leader. This helps us as an audience realise that leadership is earned and sometimes you won’t always start out on the front foot however leadership can still be earned through doing outstanding things.
Ender slowly became a leader, he stood out above the rest because of his skills, tactical thinking, fighting and morals. He showed resilience and fortitude which made him a great leader. He showed resilience and confidence when he got shouted at for asking a question, Sergeant Dap told Ender “I will never salute you” meaning that he will never be under Enders command. Ender replied “Yes you will” this showed resilience and confidence, he was suddenly seen as a leader. This was the start of Enders accent into a leadership role. This was very important for Ender as it gave him morale and confidence. The rest of his peers saw Ender as a leader and they followed him and his ideas. This helps us as an audience to realise what leadership is and what it encompasses.
Once Ender had become a leader he had to maintain his leadership position. Ender kept his leadership position by being smart, tactical and inclusive. Ender was a very inclusive leader and expected teamwork and inclusiveness amongst everyone. In the movie there is a scene where Ender is asked to explain how to slingshot his forces using the gravitational pull of the moon. Ender says “ I think Bean and Ali have a better handle on this than I do.” This showed that Ender is willing to admit he isn’t better than other people, and that he is inclusive. This scene helps us understand what being a leader means and what it signifys and tells us about a person.
In the movie Enders game, the main protagonist is a young teen named Ender. The movie has many important themes, one of which is leadership. Ender undergoes a huge change, he develops mentally and physcologically. He develops into a great leader. He encompases leadership and its values. He shows resiliance and fortitude numerous times, he shows determination and mental strength. He also showed great teamworking skills, he was inclusive and honest. Ender helped us as an audience understand what leadership is and what encompasses.