Bullying is a downwards spiral, repeating itself over and over while getting worse and worse each time.
Bullying is something we almost all go through. Whether it be you´re the bullied or the bully, it is a common occurrence in our society. Bullying is terrible, and almost always ends with someone getting hurt. If left unchecked, it will only get worse and worse. This is what I mean by it being a downward spiral, it repeats itself but is also worse each time.
¨No. I am not a killer. I am not Peter.¨-Ender Wiggin ¨I didn´t mean to kill the giant. It was just supposed to be a game¨-Ender Wiggin
Ender, in a fit of rage after getting his monitor removed, beats up and nearly kills the leader of the group that has been bullying him on Earth.
Confirmation (Research Source)
Bullying at work grinds victims down and makes them an 'easy target' for further abuse according to new research. The research suggests that employers should not only crack down on workplace bullies, but also help victims gain the skills to cope with difficult situations.
Commander Graff confronts Ender the next day and tells him it was all a test, and tells Ender he can go to Battle School, or stay on Earth. He decides to go to Battle School, not without tears beinig shed however.
From one end of the spectrum, a bully might not find bullying so bad. They might think it makes them feel better about themselves, rather than thinking from the other person´s perspective. The other person will dread every day, knowing someone will be there to torment them when they get to school. Both sides feel pain, but one side reflects that pain onto other people in a destuctive way.
On his way to Battle School, Graff decides to tell the entire group of kids that are in the shuttle with him that Ender is the best, and everyone else is doomed. This results in Ender being hurt, and then breaking a kid's arm.
Ender suffers much loss and gain at Battle school, torment and victory, in other words he loses much, but gains much more. In the end, he becomes a strong leader, ready to lead the soldiers of the Battle School
¨The act of bullying usually does not just happen. A child is not bully-free one day and then a victim of full-blown bullying the next. If this was the case, victims of bullying would be more likely able to react more proactively against the bullying behaviour. It is believed that bullying involves a gradual and deliberate process. Keith Sullivan (2000) describes this process as The Downward Spiral of Bullying. Sullivan uses the following case study to identify the five steps in this spiral.¨
Ender and the other Battle School members go fight the aliens, thinking it is a simulation. They annihilate the aliens, and then head for the alien's home.
Ender ends the war by destroying the Alien's homeworld, and saves the human race... but at what cost? The children realized too late it was all real, not a simulation.
In the end, no matter what side you are on you know that it is a constantly growing issue. In any case, you should always make sure that you fix your problems rather than making them worse for yourself or others. The spiral can be broken, and sometimes, it can even be reversed.