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"The Natural"
A comparison between the Bernard Malamud novel "The Natural" and the 1984 movie based on it.
# 66418 | 975 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Jun 11, 2006 in Literature (American) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper reviews and then compares and contrasts the Bernard Malamud novel "The Natural" and the 1984 Hollywood movie by the same name. The paper begins with a two-page summary of the novel, calling it the greatest baseball fiction ever written. The story of a farm boy Roy Hobbs, the novel inspired the 1984 movie, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Barbara Hershey, Kim Basinger and Wilfred Brimley. The author of this paper lauds the book, saying it reveals how an innocent country boy falls to the temptations of the urban life and style. On the other hand, he criticizes Barry Levinson's "The Natural" for portraying how Roy, despite all adversities, comes out on top -- what the author maintains is typically, disappointingly Hollywood.

From the Paper:

"Over the course of the season, Roy gets emotionally involved with the dangerously seductive Memo Paris, Pop's niece. He also finds himself in the company of Gus Sands, Memo's friend and a professional gambler. Memo for all her beauty and style is a costly proposition. In the event of his desire for Memo, and need for sufficient money to maintain her style, Roy is led astray from his quest for success and honor. Realizing his mistake, Roy tries to redeem himself and, Pop too, who played into his hands of things. But alas! It turns out that Roy had run out of luck, the natural gifts deserted him. His magic bat "Wonder Boy" shattered in the final game of the season. Thus, Roy squandered a life destined for fame by pursuing women and, fortune. The tools designed for him by God, Wonder boy, and his Excaliber deserted him in his moment of trial. Roy fell an unworthy man."

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