The Natural | Study Guide

Bernard Malamud

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Overview

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Author

Bernard Malamud

Year Published

1952

Type

Novel

Genre

Drama

Perspective and Narrator

The Natural is told from the point of view of a third-person omniscient narrator who delves into the psychological motivations of the characters.

Tense

The Natural by Bernard Malamud is narrated in past tense.

About the Title

The Natural refers to the novel's protagonist, Roy Hobbs, a baseball prodigy who struggles to understand the value of talent and the meaning of success. Ironically, while Roy Hobbs may be a natural at baseball, he is also a tragic hero who must come to grips with the natural progression of his own downfall, both literally and metaphorically.

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