Do you like or dislike Roy?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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It depends on whether we are talking about the Roy Hobbs of the film or of the novel. In the novel version, Hobbs eventually agrees to take a bribe to throw the final game. While he only does so because his girlfriend (Kim Basinger's character in the film) is pregnant, and he eventually throws the money at the club owner, Hobbs is less the "golden boy" that he is in the film. The novel version of Roy strikes me as far less sympathetic than the movie version. He pays for his mistakes, but they are certainly avoidable ones, and are the product of his own self-indulgence. At the end of the novel, it is clear that he will probably live the rest of his life in obscurity.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Roy starts out favorable enough. Many athletes are corrupted by the easy money and bad advice that they get. Too many people are trying to give them advice, and they feel like they are on top of the world. How many of us would make better decisions?