Analysis Of ' The Hobbit '

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Riddling & Directing Settings
According to (Rachel Cusk), new encounters (with others or a setting) are essential – “leaving things behind and starting again is a way of coping with difficulties.” Definitely, this thought is emphasized throughout J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” which utilises the protagonist’s (along with his band) adventures during his journey to display that there is always good to come out of a call for adventure. This is evident in the interactions and thoughts of Bilbo Baggins, who experiences tremendous growth and development during his quest (which he was forced to partake in) of reclaiming the dwarves’ stolen treasure. Even though at times it seemed grim, with nowhere to go, their quick wit pulled them through. Accordingly, in “The Hobbit”, through the analysis of how Bilbo & his band copes with stressful situations during the length of the story, Tolkien reveals that the setting/environment directly affects a person’s character.

Indubitably, at the beginning of the quest is where Bilbo feels most discomforted, with the warmth of his hobbit hole suffocating him. This very fact is emphasized during the exposition, when he denies Gandalf’s offer: “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures…but the old man did not move.” (Tolkien 16) This demonstrates that Bilbo Baggins is stuck in his roots, his morals, and his background. Without a proper call to action, one’s place in society will always reflect upon their character. This is further…

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