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Eragon: The Hero's Journey

See how Eragon, originally a naive and arrogant initiate travels through the Hero's Journey and ends up becoming a sophisticated and strong hero.
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Transcript of Eragon: The Hero's Journey

Eragon: The Hero's Journey The Hero
Eragon is a 15 year old teenager who lives on a farm just outside of a small village known as "Carvahall". He lives with his Uncle Garrow and cousin Roran because his mother had left him soon after he was born. As well as this, the whereabouts of his father are unknown so he happily lives with his cousins. The area in which he lives in is very poor as it is difficult to get food. He usually has to hunt in the woods (which are forbidden) in order to feed his family. Life in Palancar Valley is very laid back and everyday errands are expected. Everything is going normal in Eragon's life until he finds a blue stone in the woods. Thinking this stone will make his family some money, it turns out to be a dragon egg. He raises this egg until it hatches to become a dragon and Eragon soon becomes a dragon rider. With this title comes responsiblity as he sets out on a quest in order to seek revenge on those who killed his Uncle Garrow as well as to restore peace in the kingdom of Alagaseia ruled by a horrible unfair king. KNOWN Call to Adventure Challenge 1: The Tempest Threshold & Threshold Guardian Threshold Challenge 2: The Urgals Challenge 3: The Pebble The Abyss Revelation Transformation Atonement Return Eragon is a 15 year old teenager who lives on a farm just outside of a small village known as "Carvahall". He lives with his Uncle Garrow and cousin Roran because his mother had left him soon after he was born. As well as this, the whereabouts of his father are unknown so he happily lives with his cousins. The area in which he lives in is very poor as it is difficult to get food. He usually has to hunt in the woods, which are forbidden, in order to feed his family. Life in Palancar Valley is very laid back and everyday errands are expected. Everything is going normal in Eragon's life until he finds a blue stone in the woods. Thinking this stone will make his family some money, it turns out to be a dragon egg. He raises this egg until it hatches to be a dragon and Eragon soon becomes a dragon rider. With this title comes responsiblity as he sets out on a quest in order to seek revenge on those who killed his Uncle Garrow as well as to restore peace in the kingdom of Alagaseia ruled by a horrible unfair king. Eragon's call to adventure starts when he is hunting in the Spine (forest), looking for food. He needs the food in order to feed his family and didn't want to go empty handed. When he is about to kill a doe, the deer flee because some object had frightened them. This object was a smooth and heavy egg that was Sapphire colored. When he finds this object laying on the forest ground, he decides to keep it, thinking it will sell for some money in the market. The adventure the initiate is called to is to use this soon to be dragon and learn how to fight off evil and kill the horrible men who murdered his Uncle Garrow. This call to adventure was accidental because he randomly found the egg lying in the woods and decided to pick it up and keep it. Eragon had no idea that this egg was a dragon's egg and that he himself was a dragon rider. The boundary between his farm (known world) and the unknown world begins in the forest. This is because beyond Palanclar Valley lays creatures and things that are beyond Eragon's imagination. He leaves his home and heads for the forest after his Uncle Garrow is killed by two mysterious men. He seeks revenge on the men who killed his uncle and wants to restore peace to the Kingdom of Alagesia. The initiate takes a leap of faith by leaving his secure home that he's known and liked for his whole life. He leaves his friends and family in order to pursue the men and continue his abilities as a dragon rider. The Threshold Guardian is Brom because he prepares Eragon before he leaves his home and crosses the threshold. Brom gives him advice and knowledge about what he is heading into and what he will be fighting. He tells Eragon that the journey will not be difficult and lots of training and preparation will be required. Brom also comes with Eragon into the unkown to provide wisdom and knowledge throughout the journey. The unknown world that lays far beyond Palanclar Valley is extremely dangerous. In this unknown world lies creatures and people who can instantaneously kill you. This is very different from Eragon's known world because Eragon's farm in Palanclar Valley is very safe. It is a small area filled with few people and not that many surprising events. As Brom, Eragon, Saphira, and their horses are travelling on the plains looking for the Ra'zac, a giant windstorm had struck them. With speeds over 95 mph, Eragon was tested both physically and mentally. He needed to be strong enough to hold his position against the wind and move in the opposite direction. All of his strength was put into keeping him and Saphira on the ground before the wind could take a hold of them and send them flying. This was also a mental challenge because Eragon needed to reach Saphira who was several yards away from him during the violent storm. Saphira wasn't able to hold herself against the wind, so Eragon was needed. He used his strategy skills to devise a plan to reach Saphira without getting himself caught in the wind. This challenge is a success because after the storm had passed, both Eragon and Saphira were safe. They had not been taken by the wind and maintained their position on the ground. Eragon grows as a person because he learns more skills that will help him in future. He starts to train with Brom so he can bulk up for future physical challenges. He learns to work on his arm muscle as well as his calves. He learns to react to things quicker and move fast and low in any physical challenge. He also starts to become more protective of Saphira and stay closer to her in case of other dangerous incidents. As Eragon and his crew search through Yazauc for traces of the Ra'zac, a squad of Urgals suddenly attack them. Urgals are a race of brutal creatures that are giants from around 6-9 feet tall. They work for Galbatorix, the evil King of Alageseia who is trying to steal Saphira from Eragon. During this challenge, Eragon has to face dozens of angry Urgals attacking him. He needed to use his physical skills taught by Brom and his own strength to kill the Urgals. This challenge is a success because Eragon had successfully killed the Urgals. This was however at a cost of injuries on both him and Brom. The intiate grows as a person because he starts to learn more about the things he is going to face. If what he heard was true, there are lots of more dangerous creatures than the Urgals that want him dead. He needs to prepare more in order to face these creatures. He begins to realize that the journey is not easy just like killing the Urgals wasn't easy. He also understands the danger of using magic (he had used magic to kill the Urgals) and knows that if he uses it again without control, it could take his own life. He learns to be more cautious as a person as well as to control his emotions and only use magic when he is in command of it. As Eragon is training with Brom, he faces several challenges. Brom tells Eragon to use magic to lift a pebble in the air without touching it. This challenge is a mental one for Eragon because he struggles to reach the mind state where he is able to control the pebble. This is a very difficult challenge for Eragon because he couldn't set aside all the distracting thoughts. He tried to reach the farthest corners of his consciousness where power resided. This challenge is a failure (somewhat partial success) because he had not successfully made the pebble stay in the air for a long period of time. He kept trying to float the pebble but always lifted it only a half an inch or an inch from the ground. This is because magic is a very energy consuming practice that drains a person's mind when preformed over and over. The initiate grows as a person by developing magic skills as well as control over his emotions. He starts to understand how to use magic and how powerful magic words actually are. He eventually learns how to lift a pebble in the air and where to go in order to use magic (center of the mind). The Abyss is the hardest, most difficult challenge for Eragon because he is facing one of his greatest fears, Durza. He has to kill Durza, a dangerous Shade who works for Galbatorix. A shade is a magic user and sorcerer who is posessed by a spirit and has superhuman physical abilities like extra strength, unlimited stamina, and pain tolerance. Eragon has to kill Durza alone, with nobody else's help. The initiate is facing death because Durza can easily kill Eragon in seconds. He is extremely powerful with abilities beyond Eragon's understanding. The environment is also "hell-like". The inside of the cave is dark, scary, and quiet like an abyss or trench. There is fire surrounding the outside of the cave because of the war that had gone on. Blood lies all over the walls and the floor due to dead Urgals, elves, dwarves, etc. The initiate finally conquers the Abyss by killing Durza. He stabbed Durza directly in the heart, the only way to kill a Shade. He finally conquers one of his deepest fears. Eragon's revelation occurs after the Abyss. While laying on a bed healing his injuries, Eragon realizes what he has accomplished is worthy of honor and recognition. He understands that no matter where he is fated for the future, he is longer just a small farm boy who does not stand up for himself. He is something more, something Ajihad (leader of the Varden- group against Galbatorix) wanted: an authority or figure independent from any king. This was his "light bulb" moment. The initiate now understands the dangers of the unknown. Defeating the evil king Galbatorix will not be easy in the future. There are thousands of more dangerous creatures who work for Galbatorix that he is unaware of. Eragon understands the extent of training and practice required for being worthy of fighting such creatures. He also understands that trust is more important than someone's past of future, and standing tall in challenges and being confident can bring you a far way. Eragon's behavior and actions have changed for the better. He is now a more confident person. Before the journey, Eragon was a small farm boy unintelligent and naive. Now Eragon is more brave, courageous, and sophisticated. He makes wiser every-day decisions and his behavior is overall more controlled. He displays more shame and humility rather than excessive confidence, arrogance, and narrow-mindedness. For example before the journey, Eragon was very arrogant while training with Brom. Rather than continued effort during the training, he often quit in the middle complaining. He believed that training would not help him and that he was already good enough to fight creatures on his own. Now, Eragon realizes that training is essential in staying alive for the future. Another example would be how he has gained knowledge and wisdom. Before the journey, Eragon made silly mistakes. He often didn't think before he spoke and gave valuable information away. Now, Eragon thinks before he says anything because he knows how crucial the words are that come out of his mouth. He is now considered a hero because he has exceptional courage and nobility. He understands his role as a hero and finally recognizes that what he did was honorable. He knows that helping people is the right thing to do and killing Durza was for the right reason. He is now a role model for other people and also takes hardships in order to benefit society as a whole. The hero is now at one with himself because he is free from being dependent on people. He understands who he is as a hero and himself. He is not needy and desperate for other people's assistance. He knows his moral and emotional identity, and who he is. Eragon is now in harmony with himself and has inner balance. He has a sense of purpose in life and where he is. He is now focused and directed on his goal of defeating/killing Galbatorix and restoring peace to the kingdom. Eragon accepts his role and responsibility as a hero after he is guided by Togira Ilkonoka. By telepathically communicating with Togira, Togira tells Eragon that he should rejoice for what he has done. Eragon has rid the land of great evil as of now and should continue to restore peace. After this conversation Eragon afficially accepts his role. He knows that what he is doing should be continued until the greater goal is reached: Galbatorix is dead and a new kingdom is established. He is aware of the responsiblity as a hero and his role in society. The Gift The gift Eragon bestows to others is abstract. Rather than giving a physical gift, he gives the gift of peace. By killing Durza and restoring temporary peace to the kingdom, this acts as a gift to the people. Eragon allows the dwarves, elves, and humans to live in harmony. As of now, there will be less control by Galbatorix and more of the people living the way they want to. Mentor: Brom Brom is an old story teller who acts as the mentor for Eragon. He offers knowledge about all topics like dragon caring as well as fighting the Ra'zac. He teaches Eragon about the history of dragons and the Kingdom of Alagalesia. This knowledge helps Eragon become aware of who the dangerous people are in the unknown and how to fight them. He trains Eragon in becoming a better wizard, fighter, and overall stronger emotional person. He offers wisdom when Eragon is facing difficult problems. Rather than just telling Eragon what to do, he offers few meaningful words in whihc Eragon lingers and has to make decisions based on it. Helper 1: Murtagh When Eragon, Brom, and Saphira have been caught by the Ra'zac and held captive, they had faced an emotional and mental challenge. They had to think of a way to escape. This was emotional for Eragon because he thought this was the end of his life and had no way of getting out. They were chained and unable to escape. Murtagh, the son of Morzan and man who dislikes the Ra'zac rescue the three and bring them to a safe place in the woods. Murtagh offers physical and mental help because with his knowledge and physical skills he was able to rescue the three from being held captive. Helper 2: Saphira Saphira is Eragon's main helper, who assists him throughout his whole journey. Saphira is Eragon's dragon, who hatched after Eragon had found her egg in the woods. She's always with Eragon and fights alongside with him in all physical challenges. She can communicate with Eragon through his mind. She also instills in him patience and wisdom so Eragon can make wiser decisions during mental challenges. Saphira offers all kind of helpr anging from an extra fighter during a battle or someone who will help him make wise decisions. she goes with Eragon through the whole journey as not only a helper, but a friend for which Eragon can tell all of his thoughts and feelings to. The Ra'zac The Spine This shows Eragon accepts his role as a hero. He is holding his sword high and is confident in himself. Eragon's behavior has changed. He now cares more for other people like Saphira rather than himself. He is selfless. In this picture, he immediately comforts Saphira as soon as he sees her after the war. While sleeping, he communicates with the "mourning sage" and finally realizes that what he has accomplished is honorable. By Raza Asghar Helper 3: Ajihad Ajihad is the leader of the Varden, a group who is against the ruling of Galbatorix. Ajihad mainly offers most of his help to Eragon near the end of the novel. When the war was going on between Eragon and the elves vs the Urgals and Durza, Ajihad offered his spectacular strength. He fought along side with Eragon killing thousands of Urgals and protecting him. Ajihad also prepared Eragon mentally for the war before it started. He warned Eragon of the possibility of death and how dangerous it would be out there. He also gives pointers and tips for Eragon to keep in mind when fighting. Without Ajihad as a helper, Eragon would not have survived in the war. Known World: Unknown World: Dangerous human
in the unknown (Galbatorix) Dangerous creatures
of the unknown (Ra'zac) Eragon has conquered the unknown because he has finally overcome all challenges and temptations and accepted his role as a hero. He returns back to Du Weldenvarden (forest of elves). This place is a new society full of elves rather than his real home. Others acknowledge him as a hero because now they depend on him to fight off the evil and take the hardships. The elves know that Eragon is willing to sacrifice himself in order to benefit them as a whole. These elves thank him endlessly for his actions and Eragon recieves lots of recognition. They say he is written down in history as Eragon, the "Shadeslayer". Upon arrival in the dwarf city/forest of Du Weldenvarden, Eragon is praised and given lots of new weapons like bows and arrows. He can not only use these weapons in training but can also save them for future battles/challenges. Eragon Shadeslayer
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