The quote, “Perhaps it is impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be,” means that if you act like somebody or something long enough, eventually you’ll start to see similarities between who you are, and your fake personality. For example, Valentine starts to believe what Demosthenes would think (her fake personality thats the opposite of her). The text states, “At times she found herself thinking like Demosthenes at the end of a writing session, agreeing with ideas that were supposed to be calculated poses. And sometimes she read Peter’s Locke essays and found herself annoyed at his obvious blindness to what was really going on,” (Card 231). In this quote, Valentine was describing how she started to think and agree with Demosthenes opinions. She would see Locke’s point of view (Locke can easily be associated with Valentines perspective), as blind and oblivious. She was pretending to be Demosthenes for so long, that eventually she began to become him.
This quote most likely means that one cannot act like something different than that person is without them becoming like how they act. An example of this in the book is when Card writes, “...Not this cold-eyed, dark-skinned manling who kills wasps with his fingers” (Card 236). This shows how Ender has been wearing the mask of killing and battle from Battle School and has changed greatly from the sweet, loving, little six year old he was before he left to fight the buggers. Valentine notices this change in Ender and is not particularly fond of it.
This quote means that if someone started to act like an alter ego, then they will become whoever they are pretending to be and they will adapt to that mindset. It takes a toll on someone when you spend half of your time being your newly created identity, so much so that you become that other person gradually. “At school, she once nearly got them in trouble, when her history teacher assigned the class to write a paper contrasting the views of Demosthenes and Locke as expressed in two of their early columns. Valentine was careless, and did a brilliant job of analysis. As a result, she had to work extra hard to talk the principal out of having her essay published on the very nesnet that carried Demosthenes’ column,” (Card 230). Here, it is obvious that Valentine is becoming her alter ego, and in her situation, it could turn out hazardous to her and Peter’s plans.
This quote means that you can not pretend to be something you’re not without turning into the person you’re trying to be. Earlier in the story, Valentine and Peter create pseudonyms for themselves, so they can write columns without being judged by their age. Valentine probably means that she is turning into what she was pretending to be as Demosthenes. The text states, “You write too much like Demosthenes, you can’t get published, I should kill Demosthenes now, you’re getting out of control” (Card 230). This proves that Valentine is turning into her alter ego.
Valentine says,“‘Perhaps it is impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be’” (Card 231). By saying this, she meant that she is starting to become more and more like Demosthenes. By assigning Valentine to Demosthenes, Peter gave her opposite of who she actually was. The text states, “She couldn’t go off and use Demosthenes for her own purposes. she wouldn’t know how to use him...Without meaning to, Valentine started talking in Demosthenes’ voice, even though she certainly wasn’t speaking Demosthenes’ opinions” (Card 136). At first, Valentine started to talk like Demosthenes would, even though she did not yet agree with what he would think. Later in the story though, she finds herself completely the same as Demosthenes.
This quote means that you can pretend to be someone, and if you act like that person enough, you can turn into that person. An example of this quote is when Valentine was pretending to be Demosthenes. Demosthenes is a character like Peter except, she is the one talking as Demosthenes. Valentine doesn’t want to be like Demosthenes but she feels she is becoming like the character because she is pretending to be it on the nets. When a school assignment is given in History to Valentine, where she had to compare the views of Locke and Demosthenes. She had to be careful of how she wrote, because she was starting to get into the habit of writing like Demosthenes. She didn’t want to be discovered.
In the text it says, “Perhaps it is impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be”. We think that this means if you spend so much time pretending to be somebody you are not, you begin to assume his or her qualities. You find yourself becoming more like the fictional character, or identity like if you act like somebody you are not, then you being to show some mannerisms that the person has. Like Ender he was forced to grow up and be braver than he was at a young age. He so wanted to be like the strong and brave FI soldiers that stormed the bugger ships. This resulted in Ender becoming a person that he is not. For an example, when he gets his own army Ender starts to pick on Bean, the smallest boy. This is exactly what he did not like about Graff and the other teachers, but yet he was doing to another little boy just starting out.
This quote means that when you are pretending to be something, it is impossible to do without becoming that thing. For example, in the text it states, “At times she
found herself thinking like Demosthenes at the end of a writing session, agreeing with
ideas that were supposed to be calculated poses” (Card 231). Valentine was writing like Demosthenes and then slowly became like Demosthenes.
I believe that this quote means that it isn’t right to become someone new or something new without adapting their characteristics and qualities. For example, Valentine pretends to be Demosthenes. She tries to keep her fake identity, but cannot maintain the qualities of Demosthenes and has some hints of Valentine in Demosthenes writing, which gives her true identity away. “The Wiggin is a Third. They are one and two.... “That Demosthenes and Locke aren’t as much under our control as the Wiggin” (Card 267). This shows that she can’t hold her fake identity of Demosthenes because of the context of her writing. She also puts her real identity on the line when she is too careless about keeping the identity of Demosthenes a secret. “Valentine was careless, and did a brilliant job of analysis. As a result, she had to work hard to talk the principal out of having her essay published on the very newsnet that carried Demosthenes’ column” (Card 270). This shows that that maybe having a new identity is hard to keep up with, because they have to watch out for giving hints and characteristics of their true identity, and they have to also be careful of giving qualities of her fake identity when she is her real self. To conclude, this quote is trying to say that it is difficult to have a new identity. You have to adapt the qualities of your new identity, and you cannot pretend to be it, or else someone will find out who you really are.
“Perhaps it’s impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.” Means that if you pretended to be one thing you will do so much to be perceived as that one thing that that you will become the thing you pretended to be. In Ender’s Game Valentine and Peter pretended to be a Demosthenes and Locke later on Peter became a leading on Earth and Valentine became a historian, Demosthenes.
This quote means that if you pretend to be someone you’re not for a long enough time, you can end of becoming that person you pretend to be. For example, if you pretend to not be as smart as you really are, you could become less smart. Because of you pretending that “lifestyle” your grades could actually go down and your knowledge could decrease.
This quote means that you can’t pretend to be something without becoming that thing. Basically if you stay pretending too long, you will change. The text states, “Then the raft rocked. She turned to see Ender calmly crushing the life out of the wasp with his finger” (Card 235). This shows that after pretending to be a cold, hard soldier the whole time at battle school, in order for people to respect him, Ender has become what he was pretending to be. What he was pretending to be made an imprint on him, and turned him almost like Peter. The fact that he casually kills the wasp shows that he is used to doing things like this. He has changed.
The quote, “Perhaps it is impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.” means that when you start to act like someone else, or not like yourself, you find yourself becoming more and more like the “new you”. You catch onto the habits of your alter ego. In Ender’s Game, Valentine found herself becoming more like her second self - Demosthenes. “At school, she once nearly got them in trouble, when her history teacher assigned the class to write a paper contrasting the views of Demosthenes and Locke as expressed in two of their early columns. Valentine was careless, and did a brilliant job of analysis. As a result, she had to work hard to talk the principal out of having her essay published on the very newsnet that carried out Demosthenes’ column. Peter was savage on it. ‘You write too much like Demosthenes...’” (Card 230) “Perhaps it made him [Peter] even angrier that she never came to him weeping for help. She had been Demosthenes too long to need anyone to tell her what Demosthenes would think about things.” (Card 231)
This shows how Valentine is so used to writing as Demosthenes, she is writing like him even at school without realizing it until afterwards. Also, she is not in need of Peter’s assistance anymore to know what to write and how to view things how Demosthenes would because she is so used to writing as him. “And the character of Demosthenes gradually took on a life of his own. At times she found herself thinking like Demosthenes at the end of a writing session, agreeing with ideas that were supposed to be calculating poses.” (Card 231) This is confirming that Demosthenes is becoming a part of Valentine. Valentine is slowly transforming into the person she is pretending to be.