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In classical childrens novel the main characters are usually unimposing individuals who are easily overlooked but manage to have great and successful journeys Such is the case in Bilbo Baggins from JRR Tolkiens The Hobbit Mr Baggins is a simple hobbit that is swept away into a dangerous but exciting journey In the trip he becomes a heroic symbol of the common man or child making a name for himself In the childrens classic The Hobbit Tolkien uses an unusual point of view fantasy world setting archetypal characters and symbols and vivid characterization to show to children and adults that a seemingly petty individual can fulfill his potential to become a leader In the novel Tolkien clearly speaks to two separate audiences His first and most obvious is of course the younger crowd To help the kids through the book he demonstrates an obtrusive narrator It is a friendly and sociable point of view that is uncommon in the traditional classic novel Also the fairy tale land setting and archetypal characters keep the children interested The other group the novel associates with is older men Its characterization helps them relate to the fifty year old hobbit The moral is also at two different levels For adults it would be the destruction of greed as well as the complications of rights Tolkien gives this message through Thorin who is on his death bed If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold it would be a merrier world But sad or merry I must leave it now Farewell 273 At a childs level it would simply be you shouldnt fight over who owns what Kocher 48 The Hobbit definitely contains messages to two very different audiences To both perspectives however Bilbo is not a traditional hero He is viewed as a low- mimetic hero Crabbe 55 This means that he is no better than the common man in stature or in
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