Essay Topic 1
In the action of The Hobbit, Bilbo changes from being a soft and timid hobbit to being a character of wisdom and courage. Several key events and incidents go towards changing and developing him. Identify at least three of these "turning points" and explore each one. For each "turning point," explain what the turning point was and how it changed Bilbo in some way, or how it marked a milestone in Bilbo's development.
Essay Topic 2
According to Joseph Cambell's classic analysis of myths, quests and adventure stories (Hero with a Thousand Faces), the classical or archetypal pattern for a mythological quest or adventure is as follows:
1 The call to adventure. The hero usually finds a helper at this stage.
2. The hero crosses the "threshold of adventure."
3. The hero faces various tests and receives magical aid that will help him achieve his quest.
4. The hero faces the...
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