The Hobbit

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It is likely for one to assume that a classic piece of literature set in a fantasy oriented stage will have no merits to the youths of today. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, however, with its crafty of usage symbolism, displays its relevance to issues that often trouble teens. As the story progresses from a children’s tale to an epic, the main character Bilbo undergoes a series of development, his experiences often overlapping with ordinary people. Reading the Hobbit will provide teens with opportunities of exploring the importance of several common but serious topics. People may encounter many of the themes presented in the book elsewhere repeatedly, but it’s possible that they never appreciated the applications it might have on…show more content…
This does not make Bilbo completely alone, however, as he often had visits made by Gandalf, the elves and the dwarves to keep him company.
When isolated, a person starts to lose their self-identity. The Hobbit shows the importance of companionship in terms of its role in moral guidance. The Goblin is a prime example of the negative effects loneliness will have on a person. It appears that without the help and company of others for support it is inevitable that any will fall, becoming a shell of their formal selves. When Thorin was consumed by greed, and refuses to allocate parts of the treasure to others who had every right to receive it. Bilbo gave the Arkentstone, the gem that Thorin covets the most, to the elves and humans in order to avoid conflict, possibly also with the interest of Thorin at heart. This action can be interpreted as Bilbo attempting to fix the troublesome situation Thorin put himself in. Friends will look out for each other when one is too blinded to do so for oneself. Another point worth noting is that Bilbo did not abandon Thorin after said decision. Though he enjoys the company of elves far more, and had his life threatened, Bilbo maintains his honour. Gandalf trusted and believed in Bilbo since the beginning of the novel. He vouched for the reliability of Bilbo. When the dwarves wanted to leave Bilbo behind after the confrontation of the goblins, Gandalf strongly advised against abandoning Bilbo.

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