Ancient stories about adventures and the heroic works of the different hero, men and women have been discussed and passed over for some time. Each story, however, revolves around the endeavors of the heroic men and women in outdoing evil and bringing the good in the society to light and prevail. Most stories, therefore, revolve around defeating an evil leader or monster in the community and leading the people involved in the community in achieving the fruits of the defeat. The peace in community settings and regions is made only after the evil concept in the story has been defeated. In these cases, therefore most of the known heroic adventure revolves around battles with the evil entities and the death of the hero at the end of the story. However, the death does not come without the leader first accomplishing the set objectives of making his people end up in a peaceful community.
The story if robin hood follows an almost similar course and has concepts of evil and objective of overcoming these crimes as will be seen in the discussion. The story is based on the ancient English world (Gino & Pierce, 2010). The first composition about robin hood was received in the 1370s. However, over time, different artistic and literature has represented the era of robin hood in their different work such as movie songs and stories, each of these, however, has a similar concept of representing a hero who used theft to accomplish his goals. Despite the approach, the motive of the theft was genuinely appreciative of the community.
Robin hood was a skilled archer and therefore used a bow. He as considered to be a hero among the poor and deprived in the community but abhorred b the rich and affluent in the community. The reason was that he used his skills and precision in carrying out raid and thefts from the rich and donating the same stolen good to the poor in the community. Form this simple explanation we can perceive robin hood as being one of the most compromising heroes. In most cases, the perception of a hero is that all his deed is useful and benefit all in the community (Seal, 2009). However, in this case, we can perceive that the hero used theft as his ways of achieving the goals of reduction of suffering from the poor in the community. He was also a skilled swordsman.
Robin hood lived In England reign of King Henry the Second. The fame of robin hood was due to his methods and the bravery he had. The was also strong and could go against anyone he perceived to oppose the concept of the community and the rich who oppressed the poor in the community setting. The idea of robin hood was to minimize the suffering of the poor who were a majority in the era (Raglan, 2013). However, in his activities, he happened to kill one of the relatives’ t the sheriff of the city of Nottingham, this led to the increased interest in his arrest form the sheriff. His first plan was to use archery contents to capture Robin.
In his devious plan, the sheriff planned archery contents are knowing well that Robin was the most talented archer in the country and that he could not give up an opportunity to attend such an event and tournament. However, he came in disguise as a poor man and received the prize. The sheriff could not discern his form the poor man and therefore did not catch him. Later after the tournament, Robin wrote to the sheriff taunting his of his failure to catch him:
“Now heaven bless thy grace this day, say all is sweet in Sherwood, for thou didst give the prize away to merry Robin Hood.” (Raglan, 2013)
This greatly angered the sheriff ad increased his focus and intentions of having the archer caught and brought to justice. However, his focus was on revenge rather than the justice part mostly.
The location on which almost all the ballads and stories and poem on robin hood are the base is Sherwood Forest. Here most of the reference point toward robin hood and his band of Merrie men. The association with the men made a commonplace or reference to the part of associates he used to have who would assist in his activities. All the action in the different references however are based on these locations, and therefore the surrounding areas seemed to be the beneficiary region of the word of robin hood (Buhle & Hutchinson, 2011). Any time that robin hood would be captured if this occurred, he would be held in the Nottingham castle, but as record shows, he escaped with the help of his band of merry men.
Robin hood representation of the many entities ho at a time when the law was being founded, and the people perceived it the mode through which the government could be formed, the problematic and lawbreakers tended to become popularity and heroism as seen in the story. The concept of Robin Hood and his methods were all against the law at this time, and however, this made him a hero among the people and popularity grew into the midst of the people.
As earlier mentioned., there are different stories that all revolve around describing the life of robin hood. However, all have a perspective towards which they aim to deliver the story. One of these is that he is based on the idea of lawbreakers in the community. On legal perspectives as has been discussed in this part, he was perceived to be a problem with the idea of law in the society (Gino & Pierce, 2010). The sheriff was out to have him arrested, but this was based on the personal aim of revenge. To the community, the perspective towards which the society would be told is different.; it is based on his endeavors to help the poor. To the rich, a different perspective would be used since he owed them of their wealth only to return it to the poor in the community.
With time, however, Robin fell ill and was being taken care for by one of their relatives, the priories, was supposed to take care of him. However, it seems like he was betrayed, and his conditions got worse resulting in his death. The story also shows that before he died, he chooses his burial ground using an arrow. This burial ground is inscribed to date.
- Buhle, P., & Hutchinson, C. (2011). Robin Hood: People’s outlaw and forest hero: A graphic guide. PM Press.
- Gino, F., & Pierce, L. (2010). Robin Hood under the hood: Wealth-based discrimination in illicit customer help. Organization Science, 21(6), 1176-1194.
- Raglan, L. (2013). The hero: A study in tradition, myth and drama. Courier Corporation.
- Seal, G. (2009). The Robin Hood principle: Folklore, history, and the social bandit. Journal of Folklore Research, 46(1),, 67-89.