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Michael Jerrold Bennett <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 11 Apr 1994 18:13:28 -0500
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   There is a clear mythological connection between baseball and
mythology in malamud's "The Natural". The movie is a fine representation
of this connection. At one point Memo Paris  (We all remember Paris!)
says to Robert Redford "You have read Homer, haven't you?" vel sim.
On Sun, 10 Apr 1994, JZENTGRAF1 wrote:
> From:  John Zentgraf ([log in to unmask])
> I am interested in examining the connections between the film "Field
> of Dreams" and Greek mythology as a project for one of my writing
> classes.  For example, there are more than just a few similarities
> betwen this film and The Odyssey. I would like to hear some comments
> from Screen-L subscribers regarding connections between Homer's epic
> and "...Dreams" or between the film and other mythological tales.
> Why do you suppose W. P. Kinsella and/or Phil Alden Robinson included
> such ties in the novel/film?
> Another question:  What comments do any subscribers have regarding
> Terence Mann's speech near the end of the film ("The one constant
> through all the years ...has been baseball...")?  Is there an equation
> between baseball and mythology?  Is "America's favorite pastime" a
> microcosm of American democracy, society, and  values as the film
> seems to suggest?  Is baseball the "one constant" that has remained
> unsullied in our minds over the years?
> Thanks in advance for any comments you might have.  List postings or
> E-mail messages will be much appreciated.
>  John Zentgraf in Clio, MI
> `[1;37;44mRainbow V 2.02 Registered