A Hooded Hero
Did you know that Robin Hood’s entire family was murdered? Cause I didn’t. I guess it’s just one of those fun facts Disney left out when they made him an animated fox. His entire family was killed, and they burned his house down ya know just cause. But do not fear reverant blog readers, this shocking revelation should make people love Robin Hood even more, for example, try to name a superhero who doesn’t have some sort of tragic backstory. And on top of that everyone already loves Robin Hood, or at least they should. I mean what’s not to love. He’s a defender of the weak and protector of justice. While I was writing this very blog post, one of my friends asked me what I was writing about. When I told him it was about Robin Hood he responded, ”Robin Hood is the shit. I loved him when I was a kid.” And that interaction summarizes why everyone loves Robin Hood. He’s basically a medieval superhero, the original Batman. He, like any good hero, represents hope, and that appeals to the youth in any person. Children need heroes, whether that’s Batman, Doctor Who, Robin Hood, hell even Barbie. A child’s life in an open book. What they will do and the type of people they will be hasn’t been decided yet, and Robin Hood(for example) is a hero that people strive to become. Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor is not only an action-packed adventure that makes for a great story but an act of kindness and goodness that’s difficult to top even by modern superheroes. Robin Hood’s tale of hope has persisted for almost seven hundred years in the hearts of the world’s youth, and in the hearts of the adults they become. Kids cling to the idea that there is someone who can protect them in their worst moments, and whether adults feel the same way or not, they’re at least nostalgic for the memories of hope and innocence that their old heroes bring to light. That’s why the rash of superhero movies that have been flooding the big screen have been so remarkably successful. Heros represent the good that children strive to achieve and adults wish they had, and that’s a difficult message to ignore.
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