Nature Of Greed In The Hobbit

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“There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed” ~Mahatma Gandhi. Take a glance at the world around us, our society now consists of grounds of greed and avarice. Individuals have other dreams regarding social life, money and aesthetics rather than focusing on relationships, respect, reputation and trust. The world can’t provide any more than our necessities: nature, food, fresh water and oxygen, yet people ask for more. In addition, around a year ago researchers had a study called “The Science of Greed” conducted by Paul Piff and it described how people would react if they were rich. They started with a rigged game of Monopoly so one would start with three times more money than the other. During the course of the …show more content…
In conclusion, this study relates to The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien since Tolkien clearly portrays evil through greed. And in this novel, various characters are driven by greed. In relation, I believe that this real life scenario is something we see everywhere. In the novel, The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, the ruthless battle between good and evil is portrayed through three significant characters: Thorin the dwarf, Sméagol the hobbit and Thranduil the Elvenking which teaches us that the root of all evil is greed.
In The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thrain, son of Thror starts to reveal his greed after the dwarves successfully recollect their long lost gold. Firstly, Thorin had one mission from the beginning which was to obtain the precious Arkenstone as all dwarves are naturally greedy. Not to mention that when Thorin realized that Smaug died, he had no thought of the wrath Smaug could have possibly caused, taking into account that it is he who destroyed the city of Dale in an instant. Correspondingly, Thorin’s only desire was gold thus it came upon Thorin who gave up lives of innocent men and women yet the dwarf was untroubled and delighted as he sat in solitude gazing at the gold he retained.

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