Ender's Game – Mazer Rackham Monologue – Orson Scott Card – Atticus Reads


My favorite monologue from Ender’s Game (the book), which was cut from the movie.

Mazer Rackham goes on a long speech about what he expects Ender to do as his student, what humanity expects from him, and what the enemy expects to give to him.

The film adaptation to the book reduces the time in between the First and Second Formic Wars and so preserving Rackham’s life through high speed interstellar travel was no longer relevant to the story. Still, I found Rackham’s character to be reduced in stature and his legendary status wanting. I was hoping to hear the monologue, and since it didn’t happen, here it is. I hope I did some justice.

In the book, where Rackham discusses his tutelage with Ender, there are bits where Ender speaks up–I have omitted his lines to make Rackham’s speech more dynamic. I hope you enjoy my treatment.

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  1. This was one of the most essential elements of the book. Sadly, I thinks its exclusion in the movie was not accidental. The current hyper-political state of the U.S. movie industry has little understanding of nor tolerance for a character like Mazer. When I was a Marine, this book was one of only two fictional works permitted to the official U.S. Marine Corps reading list. The other was Starship Troopers. The Director has admitted on several occasions of his contempt for that book and his desire to remove he cerebral from the story line. in favor of mindless violence. Ender's Game was done with much more care an I am thankful that somebody – probably in dark room hiding in secret somewhere behind the Leftist Curtain in Hollywood – did their best for Ender's Game. My family universally liked the movie and they aren't usually into the same movies that I enjoy. Great casting.

  2. May I humbly suggest a slight tweaking to this otherwise outstanding interpretation?

    Switching out the music with either Carl Orff's Carmina Burana first movement (O Fortuna), or Richard Wagner's Gotterdammerung's Act III piece (Siegfried's Funeral March) to add the dramatic punch befitting the monologue.

  3. loved it. Excellent. Music was just a tad loud during the epic part, but not so much that I couldn't make out the words. So wow.


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