This is the last of the blog posts and I believe that it has been a successful journey. I started off with me completely lost as to what to do with this assignment. Then the idea of Robin Hood came into play and the more research I did, the more interesting this project seemed to be. When Robin Hood in society examples came about like the Robin Hood Foundation and the Robin Hood Tax hooked me on the subject. All I needed was a topic and a thesis. My topic I knew was how Robin Hood was being used in society and the way I found to make that into an argument was by saying that Robin Hood is used better when promoting something as opposed to exploiting something. I have sources for an argument and a counter argument.
The link above will send you to an article with the title, “Robin Hood in Reverse: A History of the Phrase.” There you will find an article discussing politicians using the phrase Robin Hood in Reverse to describe another politician. This article was created because President Obama recently called Mitt Romney by this phrase in the recent campaign. The article gives examples of people using it from all over including in sports, Wall Street, and previous presidents. The way I may be able to incorporate this article into my research project would be by using it as a counter argument. I am trying to make my topic arguable by stating that people in today’s society use Robin Hood as a promotion in a positive way; this source would be used as a counter argument because it is an example of Robin Hood being used negatively to exploit.
I found an article discussing the budget in Singapore for 2013. They use the legend of Robin Hood in a positive way giving it the name of the new budget that is planned to significantly improve the economy in Singapore. One quote from the article, “Some have called the proposal a “Robin Hood” budget because of the higher taxes imposed on the wealthy to generate funds for the government’s various populist schemes.” Included in the article were details about how taxing the wealthy would generate revenue and how Robin Hood just seemed like a fitting title for the budget.
I found this video on youtube that explains the purpose for the Robin Hood Tax in depth. The premise of the Robin Hood Tax is to tax Wall Street in order to provide the government with additional funds to heal the economy. The group that strongly advocates for the Robin Hood Tax are the Nurses of America who support it because they want more funding for health care. The Robin Hood Tax is another prime example of the traditional legend of Robin Hood used in a modern setting. I plan on using this source along with The Robin Hood Organization from my previous post.
Link to my presentation
Above is the website to the Robin Hood Organization. This is the largest private poverty-fighting organization in New York City. An example of what they have done recently would be the Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert held in Madison Square Garden to raise money for families who were hurt from Hurricane Sandy. They ended up raising more than 50 million dollars. The Robin Hood Organization was given the 2013 Lifetime Achievement award, which is also known as the Nobel Prize of Public Service. As you can see, this organization plays a large role to giving to the less fortunate. My essay is about Robin Hood in Today’s culture, and this is a prime example of one way the Legend of Robin Hood has been used. The link to the theme of the story of Robin Hood (rob the rich give to the poor) and the theme of the organization (fight poverty in New York City) is strong. I plan on using this source in my essay as an example of Robin Hood in Today’s culture.
In Disney’s version of Robin Hood, the characters are all animals. Why do you think this may be? In my opinion I believe that because Robin Hood is a story of robbing the rich and giving to the poor, they decided that they would try to hide this theme in hopes that kids wouldn’t pick up on it. My theme, as of now, for the final research project is to find out if Robin Hood is a true hero, and if the truth has to be hidden behind animals unlike of all the other fairy tales of Disney, maybe Robin Hood isn’t as much of a hero as we once thought.