Anti-Establishment in the 60s and 70s

Robin Hood is about anti-Establishment. The story of Robin Hood itself is about a heroic outlaw who steals from the rich and provides for the poor. Robin Hood represents wealth redistribution and equality. However, in the Disney film and because of the time it was released, it was to appeal to the New Left movement.RobHood-06

First, Robin Hood portrays the government as corrupt and incompetent. Prince John, who is immature and selfish, represents the executive office. Sir Hiss, a cunning snake who can even hypnotize others represents the advisors. The Sheriff of Nottingham represents the bureaucracy who is hated by the community for enforcing taxes. Through these three characters the entire government is represented as fraudulent and authoritarian.Prince-John-Robin-Hood-disney-villains-1024485_720_480

Second, Robin Hood represents the anti-Establishment movement under the New Left movement of the 1960s. The general public had frustrations of the government, expressed through large protests and counterculture. Americans were beginning to lose faith in the government. The government was funding programs that were contrary to majority opinion, and Americans began to question the government’s authority.Robin-hood-disneyscreencaps_com-5431.jpg

Robin Hood is an outlaw who fights against the government and for the people. At the end, Robin Hood is able to rise up and overthrow the government with the support of the community. Robin Hood in this context represents anti-Establishment.

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