By Nigel Cawthorne
Who used to be Robin Hood? all through background the figures of the hooded guy of Sherwood woodland and his band of outlaws have transfixed readers and audience; yet the place does the parable come from? the tale seemed out of the legend of the fairway guy yet discovered its situation throughout the reign of Richard II, the Lionheart, who was once clear of England battling within the crusades. In his absence his brother John lay waste to the rustic. yet does this inform the complete tale? was once Robin a bandit prince sooner than a troop of brigands? Who used to be the Sherrif and used to be he in reality the valid legislation within the land combating vigilantes?
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The rest in this group, though scaled back, retain the Tale’s basic characteristics, so that the victim is a young schoolboy, the aggressors are Jews, and the seeker is the widowed mother. In addition, they identify the two territories as Christian and Jewish. The boy’s offending behavior is to sing a Christian song represented by a sound track that is melodic, harmonious, and in congruence with traditional religious vocal music. Further, they include all three moments associated with the Prioress’s anti-Semitism: her outburst against the Jews, allying the Jews with Satan, and their brutal punishment.
In the adaptations, the Jews disappear, to be replaced by either offended bullies who attack the victim because they are just the constitutionally cruel who like picking on the weak oddballs, or the (rightly) annoyed who justifiably react to the exasperating behavior of the victim. Many productions include a character who seeks the missing victim. In the dramatizations, this is the widowed mother; in the adaptations, this is usually a friend. The most consistently drawn character, the seeker is universally caring and kind when the victim is dispatched into the alien neighborhood, and panicked and grieving when the victim fails to return home.
In overall effect then, the film’s economic ideology emphasizes not redistribution of wealth, but a typical Disney respect for the fruits of hard work, resilience in adversity, and private philanthropy. It also happens to fit a well-known medieval relation between wealth and poverty, in which the poor offer the rich a chance to gain merit through alms and they repay them with prayer:20 Disney’s Robin is “bless[ed]” repeatedly by those he benefits—Otto the blacksmith and Mrs. Rabbit. The characterization of Friar Tuck gives religion an unusually prominent role in the Disney animation.