In a land ruled by an evil king, brute power is what makes the world go 'round. Eragon's Alagaësia is no exception. The strong prey on the weak, and the weak have very little to say about it. But that's where our hero comes in. Does he defend the weak with a sophisticated P.R. campaign? Not a chance. He learns how to swing a sword, cast a spell, and ride a dragon. Power—both natural and supernatural—is the currency of influence in this world. The stronger Eragon gets, the more good he can spread in the world, and the more baddies he can beat (literally).
Questions About Strength and Skill
What is the source of Eragon's power? Does it come from within? From another person/being? Somewhere else?
Do you think Eragon would be as heroic as he is without all his powers? Do you see anything heroic about his character? Or is it the sword-fighting and dragon-riding that make him a hero? Explain your answer.
When Murtagh overpowers the slaver Torkenbrand and chops off his head, whose reaction to you side with? Murtagh's? Or Eragon's? Why?
Do you think Eragon owes the growth of his skills more to Brom or to Saphira? Explain.
Chew on This
Eragon shows us that strength without wisdom is meaningless.
The development of Eragon's powers is directly related to the development of his maturity as a person.