The Hobbit: Biblo Baggins Character Growth.

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Bilbo Baggin's Character GrowthIn J.R.R Tolkien's, The Hobbit, the heroic nature of the main character, Bilbo Baggins, is demonstrated through a series of mental and physical challenges that are depicted in this novel. At first, Bilbo is foreseen as a humble, timid, and cowardly character but as he advances in growth within each conflict Bilbo is transformed into a respectable character that shows leadership and confidence in helping others. Bilbo finally shows his courage and bravery when a giant spider attacks him, when he saves the dwarves again from the dungeons of the Wood-elves, and when he finds enough confidence in himself to enter the tunnel in Lonely Mountain alone. Each of these situations clearly defines Bilbo's increasing growth and his closeness of each step in finding his true, inner self.After a short rest against a tree trunk, Bilbo discovers that a giant spider has tied him down. Cutting himself loose just in time, Bilbo attacks the spider with his sword and kills it. When Bilbo recovers from the horror of the fight he feels a rush of pride that he has won his fight without the help of anyone else. Bilbo names, "...and I shall call you Sting." He celebrates his new confidence by naming his sword. The sense of pride from his victory leads him in a search to find his friends. He finds them tied up in bundles by hungry spiders that are waiting to make their next move. Bilbo rescues the dwarves through a clever strategy and the use of his magic ring. Even though he must reveal his source of power, none the less he is gratified by the dwarves. Defeating the spiders effect the growth of Bilbo because he is forced to show that he is brave. He finds his inner self to be adventurous, taken from his mother's side, the Tooks, and has an idea that he is capable of handling difficult situations. The major theme of the story is shown when Bilbo realizes that he has the strength to achieve. He begins to build his confidence and esteem as proven through the naming of his sword and his will to save his friends.They discover that Thorin is missing and he has been captured by a band of Wood-elves, who try unsuccessfully to learn from him what he and his friends were doing in the woods. The rest of the dwarves are quickly captured and taken into the dungeons of the Wood-elves, except for Bilbo because he slipped on his ring right before they could capture him. Again, Bilbo acts as a heroic figure and continues to display his recently found courage and resourcefulness. As a direct result of the previous conflicts, Bilbo becomes a respectable warrior. He now has the audacity to save the dwarves. He uses that boldness to devise a plan for freeing his friends and sending them downstream in supposedly empty barrels. The empty barrels floated to Lake-town, the town they were originally striving to reach for. As Bilbo comes to the Company's savior a second time they begin to...

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