What is the social issue in The Natural?

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The social issue that comes out of The Natural is how society must make a choice between what is temporary and what is transcendent.

Through Roy Hobbs, Malamud is suggesting that human beings are positioned between fleeting desires and real aspirations. Roy is a creature of such temporary notions.  He wants "to be the best in the game." He embraces gluttonous behavior through eating or coveting fame.  When he seeks to win over Memo, who herself represents that which is...

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