Eldest was my least favorite of the series, due to the drama between Eragon and Arya. I don't like relationship drama.
You believe he needs to be held accountable yes? How do you propose that he do that? Also Oromis said that his failed attempt to cure her was enough. I know you feel otherwise and I respect your opinion. But how to punish him without maiming or killing him?
I am frankly unsure, beyond that two scoldings is far from enough. Problem is that he’s so powerful that many forms of justice would not work on him. You could imprison him for example, but what’s a decade to an immortal?
Perhaps the best way to do it would be to make him responsible. Make him shadow her, follow her around like Angela is doing, & see to it that he _contains_ his error, teaches her to be a normal person, & more than anything, mend the hurts that she will inevitably do.
Imagine Elva using her power to manipulate merchants into handing over their goods for free, faithful husbands into sleeping with her, freemen into being her servants. Eragon should be there. Be there to prevent that from happening or resolving the hurts she does cause. Compensating the merchant, consoling the wives, freeing Elva’s slaves. Angela wasn’t even at fault for what happened, yet she took on this responsibility that Eragon was able to set aside.
She could use her powers for evil but she was reprimanded by Eragon for refusing to help Nasuada out of spite and he told her that if she did that again, he would deal with her himself.
Also I think it may have been necessary to the plot...
A threat that he couldn’t make good on. The moment he approached her, one word from her would stop him. She also knows he’s leaving, since he feared leaving. One threat, one stern talking to, is not going to be enough to restrain her. She’s insane anyway, unhinged, & that leads to unpredictability.
Yeah it was necessary for the plot, just like it might be necessary for a person to have an accident with fire before gaining a proper respect for it & becoming a fireman. Sure, X might never’ve happened if Y never occurred, but that doesn’t absolve Y of scrutiny. Maybe you’d never’ve grown up to become a firefighter if you never burnt down a house & thus wanted to atone, but you still burnt it down & for that you must be held to account. Your accidental arson doesn’t go away just because you now know better & won’t do it again.
It’s not to say you can’t be forgiven, can’t atone, can’t move on. You absolutely can, you can make up for bad choices with good choices. But you still have to take responsibility for your bad choices before you can really atone.
Yeah I agree. IMO Eragon has atoned for it. If you recall Eragon offered to cure her in Inheritence once he worked out how but she politely declined his offer, saying that if she was to be an outcast she wanted to at least have a purpose.
Well remember it’s not just atonement _to her_, although that’s certainly part of it, but atonement to all future generations of people who will inevitably be hurt by her. I also don’t think that simply taking away the pain is enough; it might be closure, it’s definitely something towards repairing the damage he’s done, but really all that did was stop the damage from going further in her & instead letting the entire world take the damage.
To get to the point, he still hasn’t done anything to _compensate_ her for her pain, to heal what she has become, give her a childhood. He’s put a halt to it, but he’s not really addressed it as well as he should have. Although I will grant that perhaps he has indeed atoned for whatever damage he will inevitably cause through Elva (by killing Galbatorix). But at the end of the day you’re just replacing one devil with another.
I can see your point but I don't think anything will compensate her for her lost childhood. So he's done all he can and she has lessened her resentment towards him so that seems to be all one can hope for.
Its a pity that Greta asked for a blessing when Eragon was so inexperienced.
What do you think?