Thursday, January 20, 2011
Why is Bilbo so timid at the beginning of The Hobbit?
One important point that was raised in class was that Bilbo is portrayed as a timid person at the beginning of The Hobbit so that he would have room to grow throughout the story. I believe that it also makes him more relatable to the audience. The Hobbit was intended to be read by children, and they more closely identify with timidness rather than bravery. Bilbo is rather like a child himself because he doesn't know very much about the wild lands that he travels through on his adventure.