Roy Hobbs: The Perfect Hero

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As far as a Hollywood movie goes, everyone wants the perfect Hollywood ending. To be able to have the perfect Hollywood ending, Hollywood first has to make the perfect character. The perfect character consists of someone who is all around good. They have good intentions, a wholesome background, and despite every awful situation they are put in they come out of it a better person. So what better way to portray the perfect character than by making them great with kids? That was, after all, the main concern of the movie; to make Roy Hobbs the perfect character. Bernard Malamud, on the other hand, was not so concerned with portraying Roy Hobbs as a wholesome guy; he was more concerned with the rise and fall of a hero. The difference in the presence of kids in the book and movie make or break Roy Hobbs as the perfect hero, and the hero’s journey that he is on.
Roy Hobbs, in the novel, is a weak man who just cannot seem to learn from his mistakes. He is by no means a mentor, or someone that children can easily turn to for guidance. He seems to still be a child himself; someone who is driven by his sexual desire and has the maturity of a teenage boy. As early as the Pregame, the reader gets a look into his
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During this specific game, he is failing at bat, and when he finally hit the ball with his bat, Wonder boy, it breaks. Instead of taking this as his final defeat, he turns to the batboy and tells him to “pick me out a winner” (The Natural). He depends on a child to save him, to help him win the final game. When he puts his fate in the batboy’s hands, he ends up winning the game and is able to cross the threshold back into the normal world. By trusting this boy, his hero’s journey is complete and he turns into the true Hollywood

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