Robert Louis Stevenson`s Black Arrow Essay

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Part I - PrologueI had four blak arrows under my belt,Four for the greefs that I have felt,Four for the nombre of ill menneThat have opressid me now and then.One is gone; one is wele sped;Old Apulyard is ded.One is Master Bennet Hatch,That burned Grimstone walls and thatch.One is for Sir Oliver Oates,That cut Sir Harry Shelton`s throat.Sir Daniel ye shull have the fourt;We shall think it fair sport.Ye shull each have your own part,A blak arrow in each blak heart.Get ye to your knees for to pray :Ye are ded theeves , by yea and nay!Part II - The book" A powerful portrayal of England in the time of the Wars of the Roses, The Black Arrow is a spectacular tale of adventure as well as a heart-warming love story." (The back cover of the book, Penguin Popular Classics, Penguin/Godfrey Cave Edition)Indeed, the book shows a big adventure of a seventeen-year old male called Richard and how he made his fortune, revenged his father's death and won the lady of his dreams. However, one can find more behind the very nice story. The main character is skilled in battle, brave, strong and he has a strong moral sense, but he is unaware of the life's lessons - the difficulty of choice and the cruelty and dishonesty of other people (in other words - he is naïve). As the reader moves further in the book, the main character matures and finds his life happiness, which is neither the fame of his name nor the title he later receives, but the marriage with the lady of his heart and personal balance - the way he acts in the end of the book proves the change in his character.Besides the main story, one can make a picture of life in that time and understand that life was quite difficult for ordinary people. Some of the Lords changed sides several times which led to confusion, people were forced to fight for they lords knowing little about their aims and England suffered.Another insight into the medieval ages is the institute of guardianship presented in Black Arrow several times (e.g. Richard`s wicked ward Sir Daniel); i.e. when a noble heir orphaned, his revenues until he came of age were in the hands of his liege lord, or such guardian as he appointed; moreover, the guardian was also frequently granted the tax payable on coming income of age or marriage. These rights were the subject of lucrative trade in medieval England, and were one of the major sources of income for the crown.The plot is not a simple line, but it is full of bends and snags that make the story more interesting and exciting. One can hardly anticipate what will happen in the next chapter of the book. By the way the book is divided into seven parts (prologue, book I-III, contents, book I-V), which make a complete sections of the book from introduction to final conclusion. The book is nearly based on dialogues, which are written in archaic English (free inversions; verb terminations in -st and -th etc.).. On the one hand, this improves the authenticity of the book and take the reader deeper to the...

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