OSC Answers Questions
Is the link between Ender and the Roman Catholic belief in God
intentional? It struck me one day as I was thinking about your books, that there is
an uncanny parallel. God, The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three beings, one
God. Ender, Ender, Peter and Val. Three people, one philote. Ender is clearly
father to the others. Peter is his son. Val is a pretty holy spirit as far as Ender is
concerned. Was this intentional, or am I reading way too much into your writing?
-- Submitted by Luke DeSmet
OSC REPLIES: - September 4, 2000
Cool parallels. I never thought of it that way. I just knew that it seemed
right to have Ender, given the chance to create something from the core of his
being, give a new life to his two siblings (though of course the original Valentine
was still alive!). To me, of course, the doctrine of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
is not Catholic -- it's Christian. We Mormons believe in them, too <grin>. But I
had no conscious plan to analogize Ender with God. That doesn't mean that these
insights aren't valid -- only that I had no such conscious plan.