Analysis Of ' Bilbo 's ' The Hobbit '

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In J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit, it is evident that the protagonist possesses the qualities of an underdog. Bilbo Baggins can be described as an underdog as he strives to prove he is able to overcome hardships and prevail. The role of the underdog resonates with the reader because they are enchanted by characters that overcome all types of adversity. In the case of Bilbo, it is his physical attributes along with his fear of the unknown that make him fall under the category of an underdog. He embarks on a journey to prove that an underdog can in fact be a hero. Throughout the novel, Bilbo progresses from being a frightened hobbit to proving he possesses the noble and brave qualities of a hero. Bilbo uses his wit and cunning personality to overcome his psychological and physical disadvantages, as well as change the way he is perceived by others to prove he is an unexpected hero.
Bilbo’s psychological disadvantages are one of the main reasons he is an underdog. In the beginning of the novel, Bilbo is described as a timid hobbit, lacking much worldly experience or passion for adventure. This is the reader’s initial impression of the protagonist, which automatically sets up the characteristics of an underdog. Bilbo is accustomed to his mundane life, having never left Hobbiton. He prefers the consistency of his ordinary life to the nightmare of venturing out. He is filled with self-doubt and anxiety and does not believe he is capable of embarking on an adventure because he is…
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