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Robin Hood: A Thief Or A Hero?

1460 words - 6 pages

A thief considered a hero. He was an excellent archer. Robin Hood was a hero in his time. While many believe he was a thief and a villain to the law, others feel he was a hero to the poor. Some people might say that Robin Hood stole from the government, and stealing is a crime, no matter what your cause is. They might also say that if people in this day and time stole from the rich and gave the money to the poor, they would be arrested because stealing is against the law. Finally, people who think Robin Hood was wrong in what he did might say that he betrayed his country.
It is true that Robin Hood stole, he was an outlaw because of it. Any person who steals from the rich in this time and gives to the poor will be arrested and likely put in prison for a long time, thievery is against the law and that is the end of it. "An Australian self-help guru accused of using a story about Mexican drug gang members to rob a U.S. bank of $U.S.140,000 ($136,074) has painted himself as a Robin Hood who stole from the rich to give to America's desperately poor." (Mitchell 6). Also according to Mitchell, a man by the name of Corey Donaldson has been in jail for more than five years for robbing a bank, where he claimed to be a Robin Hood by stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. (5). Robin hood was labeled an outlaw by the government (Lindahl 1), which means he was outside the law. He was labeled this because he was betraying his country by stealing from the prince, Prince John, and fighting the sheriff of Nottingham. These were two people in positions of power and authority, and Robin Hood defied them and fought against them. These are three reasons why some people think Robin Hood may have been wrong in what he did.
While it is true that Robin Hood stole money from the rich, he was doing the right thing. The leaders of his time were corrupt, as stated by Carl Lindahl in an entry to, “He (Robin Hood) treated poor people kindly and fought the sheriff of Nottingham, a corrupt official who persecuted the poor. Robin Hood thus became a hero of the common people and a symbol of ‘right against might.’” (1). Since the leaders of the government were corrupt, the people from whom Robin Hood stole were evil and villainous. When people today claim to be a modern day Robin Hood by stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, it is an evil person stealing from the innocent. Robin Hood was a good person stealing from the evil people. That’s the difference. Robin Hood did the right thing by betraying his country. The things his country was doing were evil and corrupt. (Lindahl 1). When your country is doing terrible things, like persecuting the innocent, poor people of the country, (Lindahl 1), it would be wrong not to betray the country. They were also involved in charging ridiculous taxes and oppressing the common people of the land. (“Robin Hood: The Folk Hero” 2). This is yet another reason that Robin Hood had to betray his country....

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