Character Analysis: The Hobbit

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The road towards self discovery truly is one with numerous hardships and conflicts. In the story “The Hobbit” the central character Bilbo Baggins undergoes many situations in which he discovers himself. In the story “The Hobbit” Hobbits are described as little people who love good food, comfort, and security being more then contented with just living a nice and quiet lifestyle. Even though most Hobbits seem to be like these people Bilbo’s ancestery on his mother's side is full of adventurous Hobbits, Bilbo has not chosen this lifestyle and lives in his neat little home under the hill. Through out the novel Bilbo discovers how brave he can be, how courageous he really is and discovers a new confidence in himself he never knew before.

Bilbo`s character change first begins to appear evident when he accepts the request from Gandalf the Wizard to go on their quest for the treasure. Bilbo usually would decline such an offer but tales of treasure and dragons fill his mind full of great adventures and reluctantly accept the offer. His first test that he experiences which leads to his transformation was when he was appointed by the dwarves to go steal from the trolls. All of the other dwarves look on as Bilbo begins his quest to become a burglar. When he was captured he wanted his companions to leave him there so they would not suffer the same fate as he imagined he would by getting eaten by the trolls. This is also a form of bravery when he will sacrifice his friends and to most considered more brave then fighting or other forms of violence. Another time Bilbo shows his bravery would be when he must walk into Smaugs den by himself to see if there really is treasure located inside the mountain. When he gets in there he meets Smaug but instead of running he decides to try and out smart the dragon before he runs away with a cup he stole on the dragon. One final act of bravery Bilbo does in the novel is when he shouts to his friends to warn them when the Goblins are...
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