Comparing Robin Hood And The Gest Of Robin Hode

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The famous 15th century thief with a heart of gold, Robin Hood, is a familiar and beloved character even today. This popularity stems from the essential questions that Robin’s stories ask, such as, what happens to justice when faith and law become institutionalised? Often in these tales the unfortunate answer is that true faith and justice degrades under power. So it falls to the likes of Robin and his men to uphold the values they believe in themselves; without the guidance of the “experts” who are supposed to instruct and protect them. The two texts that exhibit this struggle best are Robin Hood and the Monk and The Gest of Robin Hode. Despite their positions as outlaws, the heroes of these tales do more to uphold their values of loyalty, justice and faith than the holy and legal authorities. In the story of Robin Hood and the Monk, Robin’s men are shown to be extremely loyal to Robin, especially Little John who still comes to his rescue even after their quarrel. Little John manages to work the established system to his advantage to help Robin.…show more content…
Not only that, but the knight is penniless because of his good deeds. This endears him to Robin, who gives him a generous loan and support in getting his land and status back. This is not the end of the knight’s worries, however. As the knight is returning his reimbursement to Robin he finds another soul in need who he feels obliged to aid because of his morals. Robin bears the knight no ill will for not returning on time with his debt. In Robin’s own concept of balance St. Mary repays the knight’s debt because of the Knight’s good deeds. Life is never simple for the knight. As long as he lives between the boundaries of Robin’s court and the King’s he is forced to walk the line between the ethical and the corrupt world. However, the knight maintains his principles and behaves with true faith and

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