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By the end of the book Roy’s focus shifts from being the best in the game to taking care of Iris Lemon and their coming child. “One day when I walk down the street, people will look at me and say – There goes Roy Hobbs, the best there ever was”. Having an elitist attitude, Roy’s only focus at the beginning of the book was his career in baseball. Roy’s concern is himself and how he can be successful in baseball. There are many instances in the book that Roy refuses to act as a team player. After Roy doesn’t participate in the hypnotism before games, Pop tries to discourage his behavior by benching him.
Roy’s determination to be the best is evident when Pop orders him to “knock the cover off it” and Roy literally cracks the ball in half. Tired of being compared to Bump, Roy sets out to distinguish himself form Bump by setting more records. Roy refuses to bunt in games because he says it wouldn’t help his records. Roy’s stubborn, self-centered, hubristic attitude begins to subside after numerous failed attempts of winning Memo Paris’s heart. Being benched for several games due to his slump and refusal to attempt hitting with another bat besides Wonerboy, Roy was approached by a desperate man.
The man explained to Roy that his son was in the hospital and in order to keep up the son’s hopes, the man had promised that Roy Hobbs would hit a home run in the next game for him. Roy was once again benched during that game, and when a sub was needed he still refused to use a bat besides Wonderboy. The next time Pop was looking for a sub, dropping Wonderboy and picking a new bat, Roy made his priority the little boy in the hospital and his dad and hit a home run. In the final chapters of the story, a dramatic change in the protagonist’s attitude becomes evident. Roy got sick and was being treated in the hospital.
The doctors warned him that if he continued to play baseball, he might die. Refusing to listen, Roy played in the pennant game. Iris revealed to Roy that she was pregnant with his child and convinces him that he has to win this game for them and their unborn baby. Although Roy is still determined to win, his motives are different. He no longer longs for the fame that comes with winning, rather he wants to win for his soon to be family While sometimes people change for the worse, a lot of times change is for the better. As a person or character grows, matures, and learns for their mistakes their lives begin to make turns.
Roy Hobbs matured greatly throughout his baseball career. At the start, he had the wrong motives for wanting success, but as the star player realized what he truly wanted for his life he began to alter his attitude. Central idea: What is the central idea of your essay? What will hold the paragraph together? The central idea of my essay is how Roy Hobbs changes throughout The Natural. The main focus is how Roy’s attitude changes for the better. Topics: What topics will you discuss to back up your central idea? My essay starts by telling about Roy’s character traits at the beginning of the book.
Then it tells of the event when a dad came to him and asked him to hit a home run for his dying son. I believe this event impacted Roy’s attitude and shaped him into wanting to best for his coming child. My essay concludes by telling of Roy’s final attitudes and explaining how he had changed for the better. Evidence: What evidence from the book will you use to support your topics? I used the specific example of the dying son as well as a direct quote to support my observations of his attitude at the very beginning of the book as well as a few other supporting examples.