At first I hadn’t noticed this but then, when I really started to think about Bilbo in the beginning of the book, I started to realize that this fitted him perfectly. I thought at first that Bilbo seemed more of a hero because he was the one who came up with all the plans and ultimately took back the cave for the dwarves. What I hadn’t noticed was that in the beginning, Bilbo did not choose to take part in this quest and was subconsciously dragged into it therefore making him the reluctant hero. One theme that I found that related to this is that in order to experience new things, you need to come out of your comfort zone. This compares to Smaug who is the complete opposite of a reluctant hero.
Even the grief he could have borne was left behind in the country of illusion, of youth, of the richness of life, where his winter dreams had flourished”. (WD 235-6) In this passage, he grieves for the end of his youth, his winter dreams, accepting that they were nothing more than illusions, and he also grieves for his inability to dream again. Dreaming was such an integral part of him, that seemingly without them he can no longer understand his identity: “long ago, there was something in me, but now that thing is gone” and “I cannot care. That thing will come back no more” (236). By this, Fitzgerald suggests that with the loss of Dexter’s idealism, he also loses himself—who he used to
The Real Model Boy In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer makes many mistakes but what 's important is that he progresses from them. In life you have two choices, you can lie or tell the truth. At the beginning of the book, Tom thought you needed to lie to get ahead in life, but as the book continued, he learned telling the truth is always better. He went through many schemes and adventures and ran away. When he returned, he realized that things didn 't change and he still faced the same problems.
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.
What Chris did not expect was for him to die on his journey, but rather have it help him grow and gain new experiences. I believe it’s safe to say that Chris hated his family, his whole purpose of leaving was to divorce himself from his parents. "McCandless was thrilled to be on his way north, and he was relieved as well—relieved that he had again evaded the impending threat of human intimacy, of friendship, and all the messy emotional baggage that comes with it. He had fled the claustrophobic confines of his family.”(pg.55) This quote shows how Chris wanted to prevent himself from committing the same mistakes his father did. He feared that by staying he would be distracted and never again have the chance to travel.
pt Many people enjoy calmness. They don’t relish the thought of going on an adventure, they would rather do what is expected of them. Although, Miles “Pudge” Halter was boring, he had his mind set on leaving the expectations and starting his own journey. Pudge’s obsession with famous last words drove him to seek the last words of Francois Rabelais “I go to see the Great Perhaps” Which meant to leave your comfort zone. These last words began Pudge journey to the unbalanced yet adventurous environment that is Culver Creek boarding school.
In addition to that, Odysseus is less merciful to others who have wronged him while Harry Potter, though he has suffered much, shows great mercy. Odysseus as soon as he comes home tells his son, “ I came to this wild place, directed by Athena, so that we might lay plans to kill our enemies” ( Homer 1080-1082). Odysseus had such vengeance on his mind that he would start planning as soon as he had come home, yet it seemed that he would spare not one of them, no matter how great or little their involvement. Harry Potter, on the other hand, could have hunted down the rest of Voldemort’s followers, but he left them alone to look for forgiveness and what is right. Finally, Odysseus was a great fighter known for his bow and arrow skills while Harry Potter was just a wizard.
He went out of his comfort zone and found a new personality in himself that was not like a typical hobbit, “shy… disappear quietly and quickly…” (Tolkien 2). Bilbo felt bolder and more confident in himself mainly because he had an invisible ring. Not having possession of the ring would have changed the story drastically because Bilbo would not have escaped so many situations unseen. Tolkien uses symbols in his books to give meaning to the story and provide inspiration to the reader. According to Modern Fantasy Writers, symbolism describes the author, Tolkien, and the creativity of his writing (1).
Others however, only gave him an all-knowing look and told him to “wait and see.” Whenever he heard one of those responses, he would simply give a cold smile and turn away. It seemed hopeless, really. What was the point? He had been foolish as a child to ever think that color would blossom into his life; even as he grew older, one by one all of his friends would find their soulmate and their worlds would be turned upside down and inside out. He grew tired of life, and his head pounded constantly.
In The Odyssey, Odysseus makes many stops on his journey home, delaying his trip even further. Homer tries to make Odysseus out to be some hero, but on his mind set is throughout the book is that he can do anything he wants. Even if his actions do hurt other he still will not have any repercussions. One of the only times in the epic that Odysseus actually shows his dejected state is when he 's cries on Calypso 's Island during the day and sleeps with her during the night. A quote to support this is “Off he sat on a headland weeping, there as a always, wrenching his heart with sobs and groans and anguish, gazing out over the barren sea through blinding tears...But lustrous Calypso shuddered at those words and burst into a flight of indignation.