Hobbs and Fisher
October 2, 2007
Hobbs and Fisher: What’s The Difference?
Throughout The Natural
by Bernard Malamud, there is a definite underlying
question of whether or not Roy Hobbs is a hero. The fans, for the most part, expect him
to be the traditional hero. Also, his coach, Pop Fisher, holds very high expectations for
Roy. However, his heart is often in the wrong place, which never allows rising to the hero
plateau, which is like Pop. Due to their similar triumphs and ultimate failures, Roy and
Pop are designed to show the contrasts of their declinations and their common endings.
Pop Fisher was an unfortunate man, who failed primarily due to bad luck and
distrustful companions. As a player, he became immortalized for a sad and inopportune
moment. During the biggest game of his career, he was about to score the tying run and
become a hero. Instead, he tripped over and was tagged out before scoring, ending the
game, and from that point on considered himself cursed. He was a humiliated man, and
left the sport of baseball altogether until he was not recognizable to the generation of
fans, at which time he returned as a coach.
As a coach, Pop Fisher was not dealt the best cards either. He had little power
over his team, most of which was due to the team owner, Judge Goodwill Banner, who
owned the team to make money, not to win. Pop Fisher had a small percentage of the
ownership, and Judge Goodwill Banner wanted Pop to quit, thus owning the team