The fantasy genre usually contains a very similar theme. A different world, a quest, and a main hero. The main hero typically goes on a quest to save a race, or the world they are in. This quest reveals traits and qualities of the character that would have never been revealed if he or she did not go on the quest. During this quest the protagonist always has a friend or friends that aid them in completing their quest. Usually without the main hero’s friends he or she would not have been able to complete their quest due to fear, or some sort of obstacle. “Alby: If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.” (Dashner p.9). Being scared during a foreign journey that forces thinking outside the box is expected of humans. Trying to fit in forces people through self-question, and it brings out qualities characters would not normally have. This situation if fantasy books usually forces the protagonist to go through these steps to complete their journey. For these reasons Thomas from The Maze Runner by James Dashner and Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien share many of the same experiences. These two main protagonists have a group that bring out the best qualities in them, they both feel they are not accepted but try to fit in, and differ in the fact that Thomas resists self-growth, whereas Bilbo accepts self-growth quicker.
These two characters have a group that brings out the best qualities in them and force them to be better all-around people. Even though Thomas and Bilbo do not choose their groups, these characters are essential. Without the character’s group they would not have been compelled to complete their quest. After getting thrown in to the maze, Thomas meets Alby, Newt, and M...
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...o help the greater good. Throughout the adventure Bilbo continuously impresses the dwarves with his growth as a hobbit and his constant courage he displays.
“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? I don 't know. Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.” (Peter Jackson, Warner Brothers, 2012)
As you can see Bilbo accepts his self-growth right at the beginning of the story whereas Thomas takes until almost half way through his story.
In conclusion, Bilbo Baggins and Thomas both have friends that push them to the best of their abilities, feel like outcasts in their groups, and differ in the fact that Bilbo accepts self-growth quicker than Thomas does.
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