by Christopher Paolini
Exploration Quotes in Eragon
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"Does the road ever end for you?"
A hollow laugh escaped Brom's lips. "I see it coming, but not for a while." (28.74-75)
In this convo between Eragon and Brom, the road is more than just any old road. It refers to a life of adventure, of exploration, of striving to achieve one's goals in the face of obstacles. It's a struggle, sure, but it's a struggle that gives their lives (and ours) meaning. Do you see yourself on a road?
Where are the goods for sale? wondered Eragon.
[…] "And here we have our first item," proclaimed the auctioneer. "A healthy male from the Hadarac Desert, captured just last month." (34.4-5)
Yikes. Exploration can be a thing of great fun and adventure, but it can also turn up terrible things, like this slave auction that Eragon finds in Dras-Leona. This practice is totally foreign to him, and he has to overcome his urge to blast it apart with his magic. Unlike his fun explorations in Teirm, his wanderings in Dras-Leona have taken a bad turn.
Brom blindly turned his eyes to the ceiling. "And now," he murmured, "for the greatest adventure of all…" (37.25)
What do you think of this idea? Do you share Brom's vision of death as the last great adventure, a realm waiting to be explored? Do you think Brom's view of the road as a way of life colors his attitude?