The Legend of Robin Hood Essay

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The legend of Robin Hood is undoubtedly one of the most well-known tales of all time. Some historians claim that he is a purely mythical figure, while others point to indications that such a person may have existed. Real or not, the English story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men sets forth a captivating tale of a daring outlaw unrivalled in his archery capabilities. The nineteenth century witnessed a boom in the popularity of Robin Hood tales. The English action hero has even found a home at Hollywood and has become something of a movie star in several films, including one released very recently in 2010. Clearly, Robin Hood is one of popular culture’s most enduring folk heroes.
However, the fact of the matter is: there is no single story
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Robin Hood was then outlawed for poaching the King’s deer and also for killing the forester, one of the Sheriff of Nottingham’s relatives. From that point on, the Sheriff swore to persecute Robin Hood and bring justice upon him in the name of King Henry II. Robin Hood took refuge in Sherwood Forest and gathered other men around him who had been outlawed by the king as well. His companions, named “the Merry Men”, included the following people: John Little (nicknamed Little John, though he was a massive man; became Robin Hood’s best friend), Will Scarlet, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian, Allan a Dale, among others. Together, they made it their public mission to rob from the rich, who had outlawed them, and give to the poor, including those oppressed by heavy taxes, rents, and fines. They vowed to never hurt women or children and thus began their companionship in the forest, living in wooden huts, sleeping on deerskins, and sporting Lincoln green clothing. They continued to recruit more and more outlaws and soon, they became public menaces but yet were extremely loyal to each other; they would constantly look out for the other in order to avoid the oppression of the Sheriff and of King Henry. The Merry Men regularly traveled the countryside to find and steal from wealthy travellers; they would also invite wanderers to dinner and then force them to pay the bill. When King Henry II died, his son Richard granted pardon to Robin

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