When reading The Hobbit, being able to step out of your comfort zone is a major key. J. R. R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit is a novel that is not only showing a heroic quest, but is a fantasy and satire. It is written in the third person, almost exclusively from Bilbo, the protagonist's
"He felt as a different person, much more outgoing and bolder" (Tolkien 21). This quote shows how Bilbo grows a hobbit and how he has changed throughout the course of the book. Bilbo starts out as a timid lonesome hobbit, but throughout the quest, he grew into a hero. Some would even say he is a completely different person from the beginning to the end of that book. "Bilbo is now ready to assume adult responsibility, and in the next major task, the introduction with the spiders" (Dominick 1).
Nevertheless there are many amazing similarities, there are also many common differences that some people don’t agree with. Overall, I believe the movie was better than the book for many reasons. A quick review of The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins the quiet hobbit led a quiet life until he met the wizard who is going to take him on the journey of a lifetime. Little does he know it would change his life forever.
In The Hobbit Smaug's attacks Bilbo, the dwarves, and the men of Laketown is when everything was about to be over. For a hero to be made they must make a sacrifice. For example, when Bilbo gave the Arkenstone to the elves he thought about other even though it could have cost him his life. The When all seems lost, Bilbo is able to pass Smaug's weakness by having the dragon reveal that his scales had a weak spot near the heart. After, this journey a true hero can be made.
He was born into royalty, he is a subject of a prophecy, his parents are long gone, and he is going on a quest, and since the hobbit is set in a world where there’s magic, we assume Thorin is the hero. As for Bilbo, we do expect him to be a hero because he is the protagonist. So, it’s inevitable that we’re comparing Bilbo to Thorin. By comparing them, we can clearly see how Bilbo is slowly becoming braver and gaining confidence(parallel structure). The changes are also part of the 17 stages and it attracts more attention to Bilbo and to the book itself.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient tale that tells the story of a man; two thirds god, one third man who struggles with his destiny and mortality throughout his journey, finally making peace with his destiny as a mortal. Gilgamesh does not fit the model of a hero in this tale, particularly the definition set by Brian Robb, as “his arrogance has no bounds by day or night. No son is left with his father… his lust leaves no virgin to her lover” (62). While he does not fit the model of a hero, this term is irrelevant in this case as his story still follows the model of the Hero’s Journey set out by Campbell and by emitting both negative and eventual good values he becomes more approachable to reader who can be more empathic to his struggles. The concept of the Hero’s journey is arguable a popular storyline for many stories ranging from Epic of Gilgamesh to modern day Harry Potter and is frequently seen in other literature and media illustrating that the concept of hero and a hero’s journey is not a new one however is still very prominent today.
In reality, people don’t always stay the same - they change based on their experiences. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien is a novel about a group of dwarves who recruit Bilbo, a humble hobbit, to help them take back their home from Smaug, a dragon. Most hobbits dislike adventure, Bilbo being no exception, but his curiosity gets the better of him and he travels with the dwarves. Firstly, Bilbo conflicts with his own personality when he decides to go with the dwarves and changes from being homely to being more adventurous.
. . . [I]f you have, as it were taken ‘a vow of poverty’, renounced control, and take your delight in things for themselves without reference to yourself, watching, observing, and to some extent knowing, then the question of the rights and wrongs of power might become utterly meaningless to you, and the means of power quite valueless. It is a natural pacifist view, which always arises in the mind when there is war.”5 He appears primarily in three chapters of The Fellowship of the Rings when he saves the hobbits from the Old Man Willow, gives them shelter in his house for couple of nights and saves them again from the barrow-wights.
In the story “To Build a Fire” the protagonist fails to recognize nature strength, almost in a disrespectful manner while traveling in the harsh Yukon environment. The down fall for him not listening and underestimating nature itself led him to his death. In this story you could find irony because he was also warned by a wise old man not travel alone in extreme conditions. The protagonist failed to listen to the old man that was his first mistake. The protagonist got lucky a couple times among his journey and came across many trial and errors, but the character’s luck started to run out.