Monday, March 21, 2005

Response To Josecuervo’s: “What Adults Can Learn from The Hobbit”

1. This assignment is the hardest as of yet, for a few reasons. First, it is downright unpleasant to attack or even to that matter critique someone else’s ideas behind an alias. I’m all for debating ideas, maybe not politics or religion, but this assignment isn’t a classic debate, rather it’s like beating up a blind person who has no arms. No offense to anyone blind, I have a great respect for you, but I make this analogy because we’re attacking our classmates who are blind to our identity and incapable of retorting. Then again, I’ll be fine with the assignment as long as no one touches my work. Sorry Jose.

2. Josecuervo addressed the question “If The Hobbit is a children’s story, what can (or should) adults learn from it?” The response given for this question is that in “The Hobbit” size is directly proportional to the wisdom and power of the character. He/She mentions Gandalf and Beorn as evidence to support his/her theory that stature of the character relates to his power. Josecuervo, in the end partially acknowledged the fallibility of his response, that size is proportional to power, by recognizing Bilbo’s greatness. However, Josecuervo fails to approach his response from the other side; the big people in the story whose stature doesn’t correspond to their power and wisdom. The man, who reflects that size doesn’t correlate to power, ironically is the “Master” of the village. His cowardice is apparent when Smaug besieges the village and the master “was turning to his great gilded boat, hoping to row away in the confusion and save himself” (269). This passage reveals that though the “Master” of the village is considerably bigger then the dwarves and Bilbo, his prowess is nonexistent. Thorin on the other hand shows extraordinary bravery for his undersized stature. This is most apparent at the climatic battle with the goblins, when he jumped out of the mountain and “wielded his axe with mighty strokes, and nothing seemed to harm him” (307). His fearless charge was one of the most pivotal actions in the novel. He was not the only mini person to show a prowess beyond his size. This is seen in the passage “Out leapt the King under the Mountain, and his companions followed him. Hood and cloak were gone; they were in shining armour, and red light leapt from their eyes” (306). This quote reveals a truth behind this novel, size of the body doesn’t amount to anything rather it is the amount of heart an individual has that truly determines his power. The most outstanding show of bravery and power came from the men who were small in stature while some of the most repugnant cowardice came from a man, who was a head taller then the dwarves.

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