Ned Kelly Essay

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Ned Kelly - Hero or Villain?Ned Kelly is a renowned hero of the Australian bush, he is known for his hatred against authority, and his love for his family. But was Ned really all as good as historians have made him out to be? Or has his true self been twisted ad morphed for a more interesting story and publicity?Was Ned really a hero?Ned had been in trouble with the law ever since he was twelve, the same time his father died; I think this was the result of his outbursts of stealing horses and cattle. His first meeting with the police was in 1867, he was accused of stealing a neighbour's horse. The charge was dropped but the records were made, this was only the beginning of what Ned would soon become.When Ned was fourteen he became an apprentice to a bushranger, Harry Power. He was not a very good role model for young Ned; he spent thirty-two years in jail, which is almost half his life, but Ned must have been desperate for a male figure. Ned wasn't keen on the lifestyle of a bushranger, he preferred luxury instead of necessity, but his mother was very supportive in his new apprentice.Ned would rob strangers on the highway, he didn't earn much, but his mother, Ellen enjoyed her cut in the spoils. She illegally sold alcohol to passing travellers, and was always looking for ways to make her life simpler. Finally Ned left Harry, but police troopers already knew Ned as his apprentice. In order for Ned to not be sent to jail, he sold Harry out, and told the troopers where his hideout was.Ned spent around three years in jail before he was twenty, when he was fifteen he was charged with assault.You could hardly blame Ned though; he had grown up with family members constantly in and out of jail, when he was ten,...

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