Reflection On The Natural By Bernard Malamud

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The Natural, authored by Bernard Malamud is an incredible novel that touches the surface on many human emotions such as insecurity, love, and most profoundly pride. Pride and overconfidence are two obstacles the main character Roy Hobbs faces through the entire story. Roy has a dream, though he may be older he feels now it is his time to become the greatest baseball player to have ever existed. Roy has had earlier setbacks and therefore is not allowing anything in his way this time around. He has an attitude in which he not only thinks he is the best, but knows he is the best. Roy Hobbs is a prime example in not only terms of baseball, but with life in general of how pride and a tendency to be overconfident can hinder or even destroy the goals one may wish to accomplish.
Overconfidence, in my opinion is the most noticeable flaw of Roy Hobbs. He is never satisfied with the ordinary lifestyle. In my opinion Roy
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Memo is trying to get over the death of her ex-lover, who was also Roy’s teammate at the time. Roy is not easing his way into Memo’s life, but is instead trying to force his way into her life. Roy embodies deep selfish desires for Memo to be only in love with him and to truly rid herself of her feelings for her ex-lover Bump. At a certain point in their love story Roy tells Memo, “you will forget him when I love you” (Malamud 175). He feels the need to surpass Bump’s love for Memo. He can’t just love Memo in his own unique way, he must be the best lover she has ever had in her life. I believe he came on too strong to Memo. He did not let her fully cope and get over Bump in her own drawn out way. Possibly if Roy would have allowed Memo to cope, she may have even freely given her love to him in more genuine and deeper way because she would have felt comforted and not pressured to make an immediate decision of her

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