The Natural Summary
Bernard Malamud

Everything you need to understand or teach The Natural by Bernard Malamud.

  • The Natural Summary & Study Guide
  • 3 Student Essays
  • 2 Encyclopedia Articles
  • 2 Literature Criticisms
  • ...and more
  • 30 The Natural Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

The Natural Overview

Bernard Malamud's first novel, The Natural, was published in 1952, and is set in that year. Malamud won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for later books. While often called a baseball book, Malamud's ultimate focus in The Natural is on the story of Roy Hobbs, whose tremendous natural talent for baseball should propel him to major league stardom. However, his career is cut off when he's shot at age 19, and marred by corruption and health issues when he finally makes it to the majors at age 34. Though most of the book focuses on Roy at 34, his innocence and singular purpose once he's set goals, whether in baseball or love, make The Natural a coming of age story, too.

Study Pack

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The Natural Study Guide

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