The Hobbit1)How does this half differ from the first half? Has your opinion of what the purpose was changed? Ifso, how; if not, why not?There is significant character change in Bilbo now. In the previous half change was still occurring but it was on a much smaller scale. Right into chapter 8, Bilbo kills a giant spider and saves his companions from an ill fate. He feels courageous, brave and even honours his victory, something he would have never felt as a hobbit back home. He becomes more heroic at this moment as well when he names his sword. This further translates to his leadership in helping the dwarfs escape imprisonment by the elves, with the help of the ring, which renders him invisible. Other instances in the novel seem to put Bilbo in position of leadership now. It is the dwarfs who now appear more helpless and Bilbo who is transitioning into a more Gandalf like figure. For example, when the dwarfs cannot open the main entrance to the lonely mountain. It is Bilbo who suddenly solves the riddle on the map and finally they get the door open. When Bilbo encounters Smaug for the first time even though he is scared he does not hesitate as much and steals a cup. He again returns inside even after seeing Smaug display his fury. Based on all these instances the main purpose of the book has not changed, which was to transform Bilbo from a cautious hobbit toa heroic figure and leader. He becomes a more believable leader figure when the dwarfs and Bilbo first encounter the treasure as it is he who makes all the plans, while it is the dwarfs who are constantly messing up and slowing down the process of their main goals.