Research Paper "Eragon"

Topics: Eragon, Brisingr, Christopher Paolini Pages: 11 (3354 words) Published: January 6, 2012

A Research Paper
Presented to the
High School Department
Holy Angel University


Zwitsel P. SuarezCristle Yumul
Alyssa Joy S. SomeraLorenz A. Zamora
Pamela Joy P. Sotto Mark Louie S. Venzon
Aira Joy Teopaco Ian Jasper Villena


Mrs, Anna Ruby S. Perez
1 March 2011


Controlling Purpose: To show the traits of the protagonist in Christopher Paolini’s “Eragon” through character analysis.

1. Introduction
1.1. Background of the author
1.2. Summary of the novel
1.3. Definition of terms
1.3.1. Protagonist
1.3.2 Character analysis
1.3.3. Trait
1.3.4. Dragon Rider
1.3.5. Urgal
1.3.6. Varden
1.3.7. Ra’zac
1.3.8. Alagaësia
1.3.9. The Spine

2. Body
2.1. Background of Eragon
2.2. Traits of Eragon
2.2.1. Brave
2.2.2. Vigilant
2.2.3. Kind
2.2.4. Responsible
2.2.5. Determined
2.2.6. Persevere

3. Conclusion

Chapter 1


Eragon is chosen to be the focus of the study because he is the main character of the story. And the researchers will brainstorm and share some ideas how to present the character of Eragon creatively.

The story talks about dragons and dragon riders who live in a magical kingdom. People live peacefully there until one day, a young dragon rider betrays his race. His name is Galbatorix. He kills all dragons and riders because he wants to be the most powerful in the kingdom. Becoming successful, he rules the kingdom of Alagaesia. But there is this Elven lady, who is a princess, taking care of the last dragon egg, which is their last and only hope. She sends it to the Spine and there, a young farm boy sees it in the middle of the forest. This young poor boy named Eragon thinks it was a precious blue stone. He tries to sell it but no one gets it. Until one day, he sees the egg cracking. He is amazed because he sees a cute little dragon coming after him. Without knowing, Eragon’s fate with the dragon is now starting. They are destined to beat Galbatorix’s reign and be the last dragon and rider. The adventures of Eragon will show his different traits, which are being highlighted in this study.

Background of the author

Christopher Paolini (born November 17, 1983 in Southern California) is an American novelist. He is best known as the author of the Inheritance Cycle, which consists of the books Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and a currently untitled fourth book. He lives in Paradise Valley, Montana, where he wrote his first book.

Christopher Paolini was raised in the Paradise Valley, Montana area. His family members include his parents, Kenneth Paolini and Talita Hodgkinson, and his sister, Angela Paolini. Home schooled for the duration of his education, Paolini graduated from high school at the age of 15 through a set of accredited correspondence courses from American School of Correspondence in Lansing, Illinois. Following graduation, he started his work on what would become the novel Eragon, the first of a series set in the mythical land of Alagaësia.

In 2002, Eragon was published by Paolini International LLC, Paolini's parents' company. To promote the book, Paolini toured over 135 schools and libraries, discussing reading and writing, all the while dressed in "a medieval costume of red shirt, billowy black pants, lace-up boots, and a jaunty black cap." Paolini created the cover art for the first edition of Eragon, which featured Saphira's eye. He also drew the maps on the inside covers of his books.

In summer 2002, the stepson of author Carl Hiaasen found Eragon in a bookstore and loved it, and Hiaasen brought it to the attention of his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. Knopf subsequently made an offer to publish Eragon and the rest of the Inheritance cycle. The second edition of Eragon was published by Knopf in August 2003. At the age of nineteen, Paolini became a New York Times...

References: Paolini, C. (2002). Eragon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf publishing house.
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