The Hobbit

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Throughout the course of a novel a theme of growth and maturation within characters can often be seen. J.R.R. Tolkien uses the theme of maturation within his novel, The Hobbit. This theme is the key point to the development of the character, Bilbo Baggins. In The Hobbit, Tolkien uses Bilbo to represent growth and maturation through the idea that during the course of his quest he turns from an unlikely hero into something that is much larger than life. In the first chapter of the novel Bilbo is introduced as a typical hobbit that is not adventurous, not someone that could be seen as a hero. However, shortly after that Bilbo is already evolving into a hero through his success with the trolls. Bilbo then finds the ring and is transformed into the hero, “till suddenly his hand met what felt like a tiny ring of cold metal lying on the floor of the tunnel. It was a turning point in his career, but he did not know it” (68). Later Bilbo shows the characteristics of a hero when he able to help the other dwarves escape from the spiders nest. After that Bilbo shows more hero characteristics when he is able to steal the keys from the drunk jailing, unlocking the dwarves cells. Then he is able to safely bring the dwarves, who are in barrels, to shore and free them from the barrels. After that Bilbo he successfully leads them up the mountain and deciphers the runes of Thorin’s map. Bilbo then must enter the cave alone because the other dwarves are too afraid to and it is his job. Once in the cave he is able to find the dragon and tries talking to him in way manner in which he will not be trick. After that the dragon disappears and the dwarves and Bilbo were able explore the cave and it treasurer freely. All these aspects leading up to this point show the growth and maturation of Bilbo as a character.

Later on as the novel progresses, the dragon is defeated by Bard. Once this happens it causes a conflict to arise between the dwarves, humans, elves, and goblins. The dwarves...
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