Robin Hood


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Robin Hood

Robin Hood is a legendary hero of English folklore. In the old tales, Robin Hood is known as an expert archer and good-hearted outlaw who lives in England's Sherwood Forest. He "robs from the rich and gives to the poor, and leads a band known as the Merry Men and torments the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin hood is known as an outlaw figure. He has transformed over the centuries from a vicious rebel to a vigilante seeking for the poor. Many Illustrations have been made of the famous tale, and each has its own meaning. The story of Robin Hood and Little John is the most famous, known as the "Quarter Staff Duel". In the illustration by Howard Pyle, he illustrates a battle between Little John and Robin Hood fighting in the forest with the the wooden quarterstaffs. Another great illustration is Paul Creswick's, retelling of the Robin's Hood myth. He illustrates Robin Hood in the forest with his bow and arrow, over looking close to a tree on top of a hill. Robin Hood was known as an expert archer and swordsman. Him and his followers were known to roam the green's of Sherwood Forest, which was near Nottingham. Another beautiful illustration is the death of Robin Hood by N.C. Wyeth. The artist illustrates Robin Hood laying in bed, leaning against Little John while he is sobbing, right before Robin Hood

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flung his arrow out the window. The painting brings in great emotion and gives the audience the feel of pain and sorrow. There are many paintings and illustrations of Robin Hood and his tales, but the most famous ones were Howard Pyle's “Quarter Staff Battle”, Paul Creswick's ”Robin Hood”, and the “Death of Robin Hood” by N.C. Wyeth. Each artist can bring the audience in closer to the story, as you feel like you are really there.