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by Christopher Paolini

Fate and Free Will Quotes in Eragon

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Quote #4

"You are one of the few who are truly free to choose their own fate. That freedom is a gift, but it is also a responsibility more binding than chains." (26.54)

Hold up a sec there, Angela. Is it possible that Eragon is both chosen (by his name, by his dragon) and also free to choose? Can both of these possibilities exist at once? Is that part of what makes Eragon so special? What do you think?

Quote #5

Brom also wanted you to know that of all the people in Alagaësia, he believed you were the best suited to inherit the Rider's legacy. (38.44)

Saphira's words are a comfort to Eragon after Brom passes on. It should also make him feel better that, even though he's inherited his responsibilities as a Rider through the fate of his name, he's got what it takes to persevere. It's like his (free) will is strong enough to endure his fate. (For more on the legacy he inherited from his namesake, see "Themes: Identity." Then come on back, you hear?)

Quote #6

Arya's life is in Fate's hands now. You made your choice to stay with Murtagh; it's too late to change that, so stop agonizing over it…You're making my scales itch. (48.108)

You know what chaps Saphira's hide? Eragon's moping and complaining, that's what. She's got an intense acceptance of fate that Eragon doesn't seem to share. Whose view do you share, Eragon's or Saphira's? Is it better to accept the winds of fate, or does it make you feel better to think that you can change things?

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