Thursday, January 27, 2011
Gollum could represent how power can corrupt even the kindest of souls. Representative of human nature's greatest flaws. If a person gets in a position of power but does not share the power they become corrupt, somewhat evil, and paranoid of others. Some will get to the point that they trick or isolate themselves from others because the power is all that matters. This is clearly seen in gollum. The ring is power and it becomes so much more important to him that he decides to go live in a cave isolated from other creatures of people. After changing into gollum, he no longer cared for the comforts of a home and regular meals that he did as a hobbit. Although he still cares for basic food, his entire existence centers around the ring, constantly paranoid that someone will take it from him. He is so concerned he does anything to get it back, like he did when he chased Bilbo in the cave.This ambition for power is seen in human leaders such as napoleon throughout human history.