The Changing Identity Of Bilbo Baggins 's ' The Hobbit '

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Steven Bennett
October 19, 2015
English 223 – Fantasy Literature
The Changing Identity of Bilbo Baggins
Identity is believed to be the foundation of individuality. It defines who we are and who we choose to be and how we are thought of by others we deal with. Each and every one of us makes personal choices and decisions throughout our lives that define our character and us as a person in general. In the story of “The Hobbit”, this is no different. Personal choices define each of the characters identity. Each character in the story displays characteristics of both the past and their present situations. The identity of each character is what makes each of them an individual and it determines who they are and who others in the story see them as.
In the story of “The Hobbit”, each character takes on a specific characteristic. In each of these characters identity on the surface is decided more by their race, family and their past rather than anything else in the beginning of the story. By making definite choices each character comes to define their own fate and challenge their own destiny and the outcome of their adventure.
The main character in the story, Bilbo Baggins was just a simple ordinary routine-loving hobbit. Despite being a creature the reader has never seen, Bilbo Baggins is described in physical, psychological, and social terms that are quite understandable. He looks like an adult human, except that he is about half the height, is beardless,…
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