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by Christopher Paolini

Good vs. Evil Quotes in Eragon

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Quote #4

Stained-glass windows depicting scenes of anger, hate, and remorse pierced the walls. (34.14)

Hey, a church! And it's got lovely stained glass… with terrible things shown on it. At Dras-Leona, everything seems upside down. The locals worship evil, the way most folks worship good. Still, Eragon goes in and kneels at an altar "out of respect" (34.17). Can it be a good thing if you treat an evil thing with respect?

Quote #5

Why would he commit such an atrocity on his own subjects?

Because he is evil, stated Saphira flatly. (42.25)

When they learn that King Galbatorix is the one who set the Urgals loose on their killing spree, Saphira explains it all to Eragon simply by pointing to the king's evil nature. There's nothing more complicated at work here. Evil is the simple, straightforward explanation for the atrocities committed. With that, we see those who oppose this dude as simply good.

Quote #6

He had witnessed too many wrongs committed in Galbatorix's name, from murder to slavery, to turn his back on the Empire. (46.4)

There are times when Eragon longs for the isolation and simplicity of his upbringing in Carvahall. The evil he faces, though, inspires him to oppose the Empire, not to tuck his head into the sand. Paradoxically, evil inspires goodness here.

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