Study Guide

The Natural Characters

By Bernard Malamud

Roy Hobbs

Roy Hobbs seems to come out of nowhere. He's from some unnamed rural town out west and hasn't...

Memo Paris

Memo's a gold-digging seductress with an exotic name, exotic red hair, and a killer body. She's...

Pop Fisher

Poor Pop. He's sad and demoralized because his Knights aren't exactly wearing shining armor. They...

Iris Lemon

Iris is everything that Memo's not. She's mature, sympathetic, supportive, and she wants Roy to...

Judge Banner

We don't know much about Judge Banner, but what we do know isn't good. He's a lying, cheating...

Max Mercy

This guy's a real slime ball. Just look at him: a "short, somewhat popeyed gent" who goes around...

Gus Sands

Gus is a bookie, which means he stands to make a lot of money if he knows the outcome of a ball...

Bump Baily

Much like The Whammer, Bump is a guy you shouldn't mess with. He's big, strong, famous, and rich....

Harriet Bird

This bird isn't around for long, but she makes quite the impact on our poor hero's life....

Red Blow

The coach/manager of the Knights, Red Blow is a sweetheart who's always looking out for Pop and...

Sam Simpson

Sam's the scout who first discovered Roy and took him to Chicago for the tryouts. He's a bad...

Walter "The Whammer" Whambold

Nice name, right? You expect a guy called Whambold to knock 'em out of the park, and that's what...

The Team and Their Fans

They were a nutty bunch to begin with but when they were losing they were impossible. It was like...