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Archetypes in The Natural After discovering a God-given talent a young boy struggles to achieve his only dream to become the best there ever was Baseball is all he has ever known so he prevails through the temptations and situations laid before him by those out to destroy his career His hopes and dreams outweigh all the temptations along his journey These hopes dreams and temptations are depicted through archetypes in the movie The Natural An archetype is a universal symbol It is also a term from the criticism that accepts Jungs idea of recurring patterns of situation character or symbol existing universally and instinctively in the collective unconscious of man Archetypes come in three categories images symbols characters and situations Feelings are provoked about a certain subject by archetypes The use of the images of water sunsets and circles set the scene of the movie Characters including the temptress the devil figure and the trickster contribute to the movies conflicts that the hero must overcome in order to reach his dream However to reach his dream the hero must also go through many situations such as the fall dealing with the unhealable wound and the task By using archetypes in the movie the viewer can obtain more than just the plot and better understand the true theme of the movie to never give up on dreams Archetypal imagery in this movie is abundant but the most obvious and repetitive archetypes are those of water sunsets and circles Prior to Roy Hobbs the heros arrival to the major league the coach Pop comments Wouldnt you think I could get a fresh drink of water after all the years that I have been in this game At this point in the game his team is losing miserably and Roys arrival only seems to make the situation worse because his first impression is an overage rookie When Roy finally gets a chance to prove
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