Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit) and Meggie Folcharts (Inkheart) Journey to Maturity

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“Home” is not just a place or thing; it represents where you feel the most safe and secure, where you feel accepted or feel a part of a community, and where you overall feel you belong. However, home can also be the thing that shelters you from the outside world, leaving you unprepared to deal with situations and dangers outside your knowledge. Often in children’s stories, the character must leave their place of security and go on a journey. This is because to grow as a person you must leave what is safe and familiar and venture into the unknown to truly test yourself, and be able to return home with new knowledge and perspective.. This essay will focus on two characters who go through this transformation from leaving their ‘homes’; Bilbo…show more content…
His life is aimless and stagnant because of his one-sided habit of avoiding risks”. This does conflict with the “Took side” of Bilbo… the one that longed to “see the great mountains and hear the pine tress and the waterfalls, and explore the caves…” but the thought of “plundering dragons settling on his quiet Hill and kindling it all to flames” snaps him out of this trance and “quickly, he was plain Mr Baggins of Bad-End, Underhill, again” (29). Green makes the brilliant observation that “When a wizard appears at his doorstep to give him what he ‘asked for’ the hobbit is arguably at a crossroads, destined either to wither and die [in is passive life at home] or to break in to new life” (Green, 40). So in order for Bilbo to enact on his journey, he must leave his ‘Baggins’ side behind; and the only way to truly do that is to leave his home, his comfort zone, and go out on an adventure. In the end, he agrees to go be the burglar for Gandalf, Thorin and Co.; “the Took side had won”, though “many a time after the Baggins part regretted what he did now” (32). When he leaves home to embark on this adventure, many times he becomes insecure and troubled without the safety and comfort of his home. He becomes homesick often, and wishes for his warm fire, his plentiful food, and for what was safe and familiar, and the narrator constantly reminds us that “it was not the last time he wished that”. This is especially worse in the first seven

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