ENGLISHEXAM - 1 THE HOBBIT The Hobbit is an adventure novel by author J.R.R Tolkien Like many high fantasy novels it meets all the required motifs to be

ENGLISHEXAM - 1 THE HOBBIT The Hobbit is an adventure novel...

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1) THE HOBBIT The Hobbit is an adventure novel by author J.R.R Tolkien. Like many high fantasy novels, it meets all the required motifs to be classified as such. These motifs include presence of magic, other worlds, idea of good versus evil, heroism, special character types and fantastic objects. The heroism in this novel is not without a grand quest, and of course the presence of hero. However, unlike most other fantasy novels the focus is not on the development of the quest, although it plays a large part, but rather the development of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the central character in this novel, which of course evident from the novel’s title. Tolkien introduces Bilbo firstly through his family history. Bilbo is the product of two family unions, the Baggins and the Tooks. The Baggins are highly respected by all hobbits because they meet all of the values that a proper hobbit should have, as accepted by society. The Baggins are rich, quite boring and predictable folks who stray from any adventure, while the Tooks who are seen as a less respectable family, are eccentric and more prone to adventures. It is seen early on that this difference between his familial values puts him at a divide internally. This is most prominent right at the beginning when Gandalf and the dwarfs first visit him. Bilbo is comfortable in his hobbit hole and quite content following societies expectations. Therefore it is not surprising to see him initially turn down Gandalf’s request for an adventure, the dwarfs themselves do not believe in Bilbo either, thinking that he is not cut out for the tasks ahead. However, he eventually becomes involved with the adventure, this further amplifies Gandalf’s idea that there is more
then meets the eye when it comes to Bilbo, as no one expected him to even come along. Tolkien establishes character roles in the first chapter by showing how different the main characters are. The dwarfs are always ready to face challenges head on, but Bilbo takes his time to think things through and analyzes situations carefully. Tolkien presumably sets it up this way so the readers can see how Bilbo slowly changes and becomes more courageous like his counterparts. This is first shown when Bilbo meets the trolls to steal their money, his first official act of burglary. When the dwarfs get caught, it is Bilbo’s quick thinking that free them by causing the trolls to argue till sunrise. The readers and the dwarfs see that there is in fact more to Bilbo then what is presently seen right now, and it brings him closer to being equal in stance with dwarfs, in terms of their bravery. A major change in Bilbo’s character is when he acquires the ring and meets Gollum. The ring makes Bilbo appear to be more invincible and powerful, words that one would not associate with a comfortable hobbit. With the help of the ring he becomes invisible to all and is able to escape the goblins while running away from Gollum. The ring also acts as catalyst for Bilbo’s burglary skills. This is first

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