25 February 2013
The Hobbit: Symbolism, Themes, and Character Development
In fairy tales, the battle between good and evil is evident. Fairy tales are known to have morals. Narnia is an example of a classic and popular fantasy series with morals and symbolism. Like Narnia, The Hobbit has symbolism. The Hobbit's symbolism is more subtle, but when looking it's not difficult to find. There are morals in the story that follow christian values and show respect for others. The main character Bilbo, shows that through a journey of self discovery, growth, and wisdom, even if people do not think they are capable of amazing things, they are more powerful and impactful on their environment then they ever thought possible.
Bilbo's character develops throughout the book as he grows braver and stronger.
“Bilbo’s understated charisma is a quality common to many protagonists in children’s literature. Another quality he shares with many heroes of children’s literature is his small size: as a hobbit, Bilbo is only half the size of a man. At the beginning of the novel, Bilbo is, like most hobbits, comfortable and complacent. He loves food, drink, and security, and he relishes his snug little hole at Bag End, Underhill. But as Gandalf says, there is more to Bilbo than meets the eye. Bilbo is a Baggins, the heir of a thoroughly respectable and conventional family, but his mother was a Took, an eccentric clan of hobbits noted for their love of excitement and adventure.” (SparkNotes, Analysis of Major Characters)
Bilbo finds his identity is not defined by other people or his family history and that he can mold his own future. In the beginning of The Hobbit he constantly doubts himself. Before he embarked on his journey he was quite a dull and uninteresting fellow. "'We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!'" said Bilbo. (Tolkien,...