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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.


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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