In The Hobbit, how does Bilbo's character change from the beginning of the book to the end?
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Three ways that Bilbo Baggins changes from the beginning of The Hobbit to the end of the book are his understanding of the world around him, his sense of adventure, and his desire to live a comfortable life without thought for others.
At the beginning of the book, Bilbo cares nothing for he world outside of the Shire or outside of his small hobbit home. But by the end of the book, his eyes have been opened to the world outside of the Shire, and he has an understanding of different parts of the world as well as different people (elves, dwarves, dragons, to name a few) in the world.
Also, his sense of adventure grows throughout the book. At the beginning, Gandalf pretty much has to trick Bilbo into going on this adventure, but by the end of the book, Bilbo is much more courageous and willing adventure out on his own, as evidenced by his willingness to confront Smaug.
Finally, although Bilbo is a hobbit who will always love his hobbit hole and his six meals a day, he has learned how to make sacrifices and how to live without these comforts if he must. He even puts himself in danger when rescuing the dwarves from the Spiders and the Wood Elves and sacrifices his own comfort to ensure their safety.
Throughout Bilbo's adventure he goes from being unheroic to couragous,fierce,confident and heroic, example when he fight off the Great Spider to save his friends (dwarfs) he names the sword he uses to fend off the Spider "Sting" and he says that he himself feels more confident and fierce, from there he just progress to become stronger and at the end Gandalf says to Bilbo,"Something is the matter with you! You are not the hobbit that you were." from that you can tell that Gandalf has seen the changes,most of the changes come from the ways he saves everyone and it also starts when he finds the ring because in in beggining he doesn't want to be an adventurer just to stay at home but at the end he's (Bilbo) glad he did stay and do this treasure hunting adventure.
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