the hobbit critical analysis

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The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins was born on September 22nd 2890 in the Third age to Bungo Baggins and Belladonna Took. The Baggins line bore a strong reputation of being predictable and respectable, whereas the Took name was blemished, in a hobbits view, with occasional adventures and surprises. This paper will address how Bilbo Baggins, though starting off very Baggins, came to unlock his heritage. He fulfills the lifestyle and reputation of a Took by exhibiting inner strength and heroism through his many adventures with the dwarves. It seems that Bilbo makes these changes in his life, not to intentionally satisfy his heritage, but because of it. The Story of Bilbo Baggins begins around his fiftieth year. He has already settled comfortable into a typical Hobbit/Baggins lifestyle as evidenced by the following excerpt. This hobbit was a very well-to-do hobbit, and his name was Baggins. The Bagginses had lived in the neighbourhood of The Hill for time out of mind, andpeople considered them very respectable, not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected: you could tell what a Baggins would say on any question without the bother of asking him. This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure,found himselfdoing and saying things altogether unexpected. Here we can see that Bilbo Baggins was leading a life of reasonable wealth and comfort as well as enjoying a reputation of high standing in his society. There is little or no reason for Bilbo to prove anything else to his peers or to leave in search of adventure since he himself did not have any interest in such things. So why then did Bilbo end up setting out with the Dwarves and Gandalf after all? He, unknowingly, had hidden inside of him the ability and yearning to be heroic and great. The role of his forefathers desires to be awakened in him,

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