Bilbo Baggin's Character Growth
In J.R.R Tolkien's, The Hobbit, the heroic nature of the main character, Bilbo Baggins, is demonstrated through a series of mental and physical challenges that are depicted in this novel. At first, Bilbo is foreseen as a humble, timid, and cowardly character but as he advances in growth within each conflict Bilbo is transformed into a respectable character that shows leadership and confidence in helping others. Bilbo finally shows his courage and bravery when a giant spider attacks him, when he saves the dwarves again from the dungeons of the Wood-elves, and when he finds enough confidence in himself to enter the tunnel in Lonely Mountain alone. Each of these situations clearly defines Bilbo's increasing growth and his closeness of each step in finding his true, inner self.
After a short rest against a tree trunk, Bilbo discovers that a giant spider has tied him down.
Cutting himself loose just in time, Bilbo attacks the spider with his sword and kills it. When Bilbo recovers from the horror of the fight he feels a rush of pride that he has won his fight without the help of anyone else. Bilbo names, "...and I shall call you Sting." He celebrates his new confidence by naming his sword. The sense of pride from his victory leads him in a search to find his friends. He finds them tied up in bundles by hungry spiders that are waiting to make their next move. Bilbo rescues the dwarves through a clever strategy and the use of his magic ring. Even though he must reveal his source of power, none the less he is gratified by the dwarves. Defeating the spiders effect the growth of Bilbo because he is forced to show that he is brave. He finds his...