The Natural

Topics: Holy Grail, Bernard Malamud, Baseball Pages: 2 (625 words) Published: May 14, 2013
The Natural
The book The Natural by Bernard Malamud has several different themes. The first theme is mythology; there are several different mythology references in The Natural. The first reference is the story of The Fisher King, where the knight Perceval fails to ask the king about the grail and therefore fails to save the people of the Wasteland. The second reference is a character in The Fisher King called Perceval, Perceval represents Roy Hobbs. Both the characters are unintelligent and uncultured. The second theme is the tragic flaw.

Pop Fisher is the manager on the Knights. He is trying to lead the team into winning the pennant, which he has unfortunately not been able to do himself as a player and a manager. Roy Hobbs was supposed to cure Pop's unlucky streak by winning the pennant for him. This resembles the story of The Fisher King when the Knight is sent on a task to retrieve the grail from the king and cure the people of the Wasteland. Unfortunately the knight and Roy were not able to complete the task. This situation is common in today's world because anybody who is competing for something wants a leader to lead them into victory. Unfortunately not everyone is able to meet that goal.

Another mythical reference in The Natural is the knight Perceval, who represents Roy Hobbs. Something that both these characters have in common is that they are not very intelligent. In one part of the book Pop tells Roy to "knock the cover off the ball". When Pop says this he means for Roy to hit the ball really hard. However, Roy literally took it to heart and hit the cover off the ball. Some people in this world take things to literal and don't understand the meaning behind the words.

The second theme is Roy's weakness towards women. In the book he is obsessed with Pop's niece Memo, and really badly wants Memo to give him a little attention. When she starts to hang out with Roy he begins to over think things and stresses out about them,...
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