The Natural – The Movie (Part 4)

Continuing with my last post, Roy has earned four cardinal virtues, but one remains: love of neighbor.  Without this last virtue, Roy will not be able to achieve happiness.

Roy has accepted the adventure, has fought many trials to secure the boon, avoided many temptations and, through his concern for the welfare of his community, has approached the threshold of the return back to the everyday world.  But he still needs to be brought over the threshold with the help of others.  As depicted in the movie, Roy is batting in the bottom of the ninth, with two strikes: he is at the threshold looking for the help he needs to bring the boon he has captured to society.  The help he needs is to win the game – the boon would be delivered to society and he would achieve the happiness that has eluded him all his life.

Roy’s high school sweetheart is the one to bring him back across the threshold.  She tells him that the son that she has brought with her to Roy’s last game is also his son.  She has kept this a secret from him but she decides at the last moment that Roy must know the truth.

It is this love for Roy, as well as her son, that pulls Roy across the threshold – he hits the final pitch for a game winning home run.  It is at this moment that the boon of a pennant win is delivered to the Knights.  It is also at this moment that Roy achieves happiness.  He never hits another pitch, her never plays in another game. The pennant is delivered to the team, and the community flourishes.  Roy is reunited with his high school sweetheart and his son, living on a farm where he grew up.  Happiness is finally realized – for the entire Roy Hobbs family.

Great movie!

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