Christopher Reeve: A Tragic Hero

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Christopher Reeve, an actor who portrayed Superman on the big screen, once said, “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”. Through his life, Christopher Reeve suffered greatly after a tragic accident and endured great struggle afterward. Ironically, he played an almost immortal character, Superman who was a terrific hero to the world. Much like Christopher Reeve along with his character of Superman, Roy Hobbs of The Natural demonstrated godlike strength and power as he is portrayed as a somewhat humanlike hero. His life becomes filled with adversity that he must overcome and fight back from. With such an incredible burden faced, Roy prevails over the many
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Roy’s life, much like a myth is filled with great times of success, yet inevitable times of tragedy as well.
Roy struggled through his early life and childhood. He grew up playing baseball with his father and had an interesting life in his youth. One day, a lightning bolt struck a tree nearby Roy. With the remaining wood of the tree, Roy fashioned a baseball bat in which he named Wonderboy. For the rest of his baseball career and professional years, Roy had extreme skill when he played with Wonderboy until it broke in his season with the Knights. When he was 19, he came off a train into a carnival type of event and was challenged to strike out the Whammer, a Babe Ruth, godlike player who he did, showing Roy’s true poise and natural ability. The struggles Roy endured, shaped how he ended up through his life and how he acted towards the people around him. He had complicated relationships with women that did not go the way he planned and he struggled to maintain that love between Iris as well as Memo. The overall Strength and Power that Roy expressed both to his teammates, fans, and everyone around him showed his true depiction of Godlike tendencies and extreme advantage over the rest of the

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