How do the characters in Bernard Malamud's The Natural align with classical tragedy archetypes?
The Natural draws on classical sources, including Arthurian legend and Celtic mythology, to weave a story imbued throughout with archetypes and conventions of classical storytelling. The story centers on Roy Hobbs, "The Natural," who fits the classical archetype of the tragic hero through his engagement in a quest (making a comeback in professional baseball), use of a "magical" or lucky "weapon" (Wonderboy, his baseball bat, an analog of King Arthur's Excalibur), and his encounters with other...
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