Robin Hood: A Thief or a Hero? Essay

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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…show more content…
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. Fighting against the evil is always the right thing to do whether you have pledged allegiance to them or not. Robin Hood was not a thief. He was simply taking what was stolen from the common people and giving it back to them. The leader of the country was the true thief. He charged outrageous taxes that the people could barely pay, and oppressed them when they could not pay it. (“Robin Hood: The Folk Hero” 2). This is what makes him a thief. Charging outrageous taxes that almost no one can pay is unnecessarily and maliciously taking something that belongs to someone else for your own benefit.

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