The Hobbit And The Hero's Journey Analysis

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Have you ever noticed the continuous recurring theme in your favourite movies and books? That is called the hero’s journey. Bilbo Baggins, a supposedly unadventurous hobbit is requested to go on a difficult journey with a group of dwarves by none other than Gandalf, the well-known wizard himself. Ishmael Beah, a young, happy boy goes out with his friends without saying goodbye, not knowing it may be his last time to see them. While with his friends, his town gets attacked by the rebels and his whole world turns upside down. Both authors portray the hero’s journey, but there multiple differences and a few similarities in their techniques.
The first step in any hero’s journey is the Call to Adventure, and Bilbo’s and Ishmael’s were significantly different. Bilbo Baggins’ call to adventure was a calm greeting between himself and Gandalf, the great wizard. Bilbo was sitting on his porch in the Shire, having a peaceful time when Gandalf started to walk by. He then started a conversation starting with a …show more content…

Bilbo’s departure was a working effort; Gandalf and the dwarves had to use a good amount of persuasion to get Bilbo to actually accompany them on their treacherous journey. Bilbo’s departure didn’t start out great, as he slept in and Gandalf had to come and get him so that they could catch up to the other members. The departure was also not the happiest because Bilbo didn’t want to be there and the dwarves didn’t think that Bilbo was good in any way, shape, or form. Ishmael’s departure was much more violent than Bilbo’s. Ishmael was staying in Mattru Jong with his brother and friends after his hometown was destroyed by the rebel, and everything was looking fine, peaceful even. That didn’t last for long. Ishmael and his friends became stranded refugees after the rebels traveled to the next part of Sierra Leone. The start to the real journey is very different in the two

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