While watching the movie, after having read the book, I realized that the book and the movie have very major differences. I think you could get the same idea of the story, but they have very different endings and both focus on different things. In the book, Roy wants to be the best in the game of baseball, while finding the love of this life. The book also develops characters better, while the movie changes the story of one of the main characters.
In the book, the main character Roy wants to be the best in the game, but a woman that he meets on the train shoots him and ends his dream until he's in his thirties. The movie also uses this same idea. Also in the novel Roy is in love with a ...view middle of the document...
The story also has the woman already have a kid with Roy and he finally figures that out at the game.
I think you don't understand the symbols and theme as much in the movie, because you don't see as much grief in the movie, which is what a lot of the book is about. You also don't see as much of Roy deciding between two women. The movie is more of a happy story than a dark story like the book is.
I don't believe this book should a piece of classic American literature because, to me, it didn't create a powerful message that the other books we read created. I believe that the themes that he wanted to get across weren't as well portrayed in the book compared to other classics we've read. While looking for themes on a few websites to get ideas, I have found nothing but comparing this book to mythology. I do not see how this theme was related to the book in anyways. In all the other novels, I could easily relate the themes to the books.
Another reason this is considered a classic is because the novel is about baseball, so of course most Americans will love it. It was the first good novel that was written...