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Robin Hood, by Paul Creswick, is a story of great triumph. Many people
know the myth of Robin Hood, but they do not know the life of Robin Hood. It is a
good novel to read if the reader likes stories of a true legend. Also, it is a novel that
deals with friendship, motivation, action, bravery, and love.
The novel is primarily based on friendship. The friends that Robin makes
and the camaraderie they share makes this a terrific book. Living in the forest,
from the law, they are all outlaws and they are all there for each other when trouble
presents its self. One example is when one of the outlaws, Little John,is about to be
hung, the rest of the crew risked life and limb to save his life. A few of the
members even died trying to help Little John escape, but they all knew that was the
meaning of friendship. When one of the outlaws was sick or wounded, someone
always stayed with them and made sure he got better. With their friendship came
trust. All of the outlaws knew that they could trust each other, no matter what the
situation presented. If one of the outlaws went into the city to buy goods, the others
knew that he would not run off with the money or tell the Sheriff where they were
hiding. A good example of that is when Will Stutely had a falling out with the
gang. He went and worked in the sheriff?s kitchen as a cook, and even though he
had left the gang and was employed by the law, he still kept the hiding place secret
and told noone the where abouts of Robin Hood.
Another reason the novel is good to read is the motivation the gang has.
Their primary motivator is freedom. Everything they do is to try to gain freedom
from the crooked king. They live in caves throughout the woods and sleep on the
hard ground because they are just glad to be free there. In the forest, they make
their own laws and obide by them strictly. If someone does not obey the laws set by
the gang, then they are kicked out of the forest and must live in the non-democratic
city and give up their freedom. Once the gang leaves the forest though, they have
no respect for any laws but their own. Their secondary motivator is money. They
do not obtain money honestly. They rob the rich people that travel through the
forest and give it to the people that are traveling through the forest that need it, as
long as they promise to pay it back. An example from the book is where a Knight
that owes a rich Bishop two hundred dollars is traveling through and meets Robin
and the gang. After Robin tried to rob the Knight, the Knight tells him that he is
poor and owes the Bishop money he had borrowed to feed his family. Robin gave
the Knight the two hundred dollars that Robin had stole from the Bishop in the first
place. The Knight took the money, but had to promise to pay it back in one year.
So unlike the myth, Robin Hood did not give the poor people money, he loaned
money. And if the person couldn?t pay it back, they couldn?t borrow it. But, that is
how many of the people joined Robin?s gang. They wanted to be free of debt and
obtain freedom, so they took the oath of friendship and were in the gang.
If an action/adventure book is what a reader is looking for, I would have to
say that few books compare with Robin Hood. From the opening page until the
end, there is always something going on. On every walk Robin takes, he gets into a
fight with somebody. A few words of disrespect towards Robin are spoken, and the
sword is out. Usually, after the fight, Robin and his opponent become friends, and
a new member of the gang is found. That is how Robin met Little John, and a few
other members of the gang. All of the battles are narrated so perfectly, that the
reader can visualize every blow. The author also does a good job of making the
fighting scenes seem real by letting Robin lose a couple fights. There is also allot of
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