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Theme Of Change In The Hobbit

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Change can be shown in many different ways through objects and persons. So how is change shown in The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien? It could be Bilbo, seen as it is, he is at first looked upon as a “cowardly” fellow who was scared to go ten feet from his hole. But as time grew throughout the adventure, it became noticeable how much Bilbo had change since the beginning of the trip. So overall, the theme of change in The Hobbit is, in fact, shown most through Bilbo because in the beginning of the story, he is hesitant and scared to go through with adventure, in the middle, he is starting to believe he can do it and risks himself, and by the end, he is showing bravery, and sometimes stupidity, ...view middle of the document...

As seen from the quotes, Mr. Baggins is a somewhat excitable and predictable creature at first.
Halfway through the book, Bilbo started to be more risky and started to believe in himself more. There were many instances where this happened, but one place where he took the role of a leader is when his friends were captured by the giant spiders and he swooped in to save Thorin and company because he realized he was the only one who could. After this incident, he started to believe in himself, too.
From which you can see that they had changed their opinion of Mr. Baggins very much, and had begun to have a great respect for him (as Gandalf had said they would). Indeed they really expected him to think of some wonderful plan for helping them, and were not merely grumbling. [...] In fact they praised him so much that Bilbo began to feel there really was something of a bold adventurer about himself after all, though he would have felt a lot bolder still, if there had been anything to eat (Tolkien 164-165).
Now that Bilbo had taken charge in some situations, the dwarves started to rely on him. When the group was captured by wood elves, Bilbo helped them get away. He showed that his wit and stealthiness would come to great use when in need.
“Well! Here we are!” said Thorin. “And I suppose we ought to thank our stars and Mr. Baggins. I am sure he has a right to expect it, though I wish he could have arranged a more comfortable journey. Still—all very much at your service once more, Mr. Baggins. No doubt we shall feel properly grateful, when we are fed and recovered. In the meanwhile what next?” (Tolkien 193).
According to the quotes, Mr. Baggins went from a timid hobbit to a respectable adventurer.
The ending chapters of the book show how brave Bilbo became after his journey. Although, some of this resulted in foolish decisions.
Suddenly Bilbo’s arm went towards it drawn by its...

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