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TheMichaela Casey
Honors English 3 Mod 4
September 24, 2012
Summer Reading Essay

Roy Hobbs: Changing for The Better

A dynamic character is a character who undergoes an important inner change, suck as a change in attitude or personality. A dynamic character in the book The Natural by Bernard Malamud is Roy Hobbs. From the beginning of the book to the end, the reader sees a major change in Roy's attitude and in the way Roy sees himself. Through the majority of the novel, Roy seems to think his only purpose in the world is to play baseball, break records, and win the pennant for Pop Fisher. By the end of the book Roy's focus shifts from being the best in the game to taking care of Iris Lemon and their coming child.

"One day when I walk down the street, people will look at me and say - There goes Roy Hobbs, the best there ever was". Having an elitist attitude, Roy's only focus at the beginning of the book was his career in baseball. Roy's concern is himself and how he can be successful in baseball. There are many instances in the book that Roy refuses to act as a team player. After Roy doesn't participate in the hypnotism before games, Pop tries to discourage his behavior by benching him. Roy's determination to be the best is evident when Pop orders him to "knock the cover off it" and Roy literally cracks the ball in half. Tired of being compared to Bump, Roy sets out to distinguish himself form Bump by setting more records. Roy refuses to bunt in games because he says it wouldn't help his records.

Roy's stubborn, self-centered, hubristic attitude begins to subside after numerous failed attempts of winning Memo Paris's heart. Being benched for several games due to his slump and refusal to attempt hitting with another bat besides Wonerboy, Roy was approached by a desperate man. The man explained to Roy that his son was in the hospital and in order to keep up the son's hopes, the man had promised that Roy Hobbs would hit a home run in the...
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