Evil Within the World, Depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

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Since the dawn of time, mankind has been plagued with the ever existing evils of the world. From the first murder by Cain to the opening of Pandora’s Box, the concept of evil has permeated itself into the societies and cultures of the world throughout time. However, in a world of darkness we stand not alone. For wherever evil dwells, the forces of good are always likewise present to maintain the balance: right? In today’s western world we often take this widely accepted belief for granted. After all, for every super villain there is always a hero, and for every damsel in distress there is always a happy ending, or at least that is what the media would have you believe. What I begin to see as I delve further in to the concept of good and…show more content…
In a setting so contaminated by the evils of the world, how could an innocent little hobbit actually emerge as a character that has truly progressed for the better as most think? This brings us to the final impending question. Is there truly good in the world according to J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit? This idea of good in the world has often been explored within countless pieces of literature and has marked itself as a truly meaningful concept to be evaluated. The main questions spurring from this concept, which are often explored, usually concern the presence of good and evil within a situation or setting. Building upon this I myself have chosen the concepts of good and evil for which I am to base my milieu. This milieu is to be expanded upon in my evaluation of The Hobbit and will be explored in terms of presence and sense of conformity to both the Boethian and Manichaean ideologies. I have chosen these specific ideologies to focus on for the reason that they represent both sides of an ongoing argument concerning the status of good in the world and therefore offer a fair balance to each other. The Boethian notion of good, in my opinion, asserts that the only working force within the world is that of good, and that what most perceive as evil is simply the absence of good. The Manichaean ideology (as previously mentioned) seems to be more of a modern interpretation of the working forces in the world. This ideology asserts that good and

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