January 11, 2017

NARRATIVE & CHARACTER- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

OPPOSING CHARACTERS- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Figure 1: Movie Poster


Generally in film, opposing characters are used to create variety, conflict and drama to a story. One is often heroic and the other villainous, but often in superhero films and others one character could be villainous and the other a hero with villainous qualities, a vigilante.

Figure 2: Film Still
In exploring Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves it is clear that Robin Hood is the heroic character who is there to do good for everyone. but he has a lot of villainous traits too. For example he steals food and jewels from the rich, hides out of sight, and builds an army to fight the Sheriff. Although he gives to the poor this quality makes him a vigilante. His good qualities outweigh his bad ones, which stops him from becoming a villain himself. For example he saves people, helps build a community, feeds the poor and saves a village from the sheriff.
As well as there being an obvious hero, there is also an obvious villain, the Sheriff of Nottingham. Everything about him is villainous, his long black greasy hair, scarred face and his dark black clothes. Throughout the film he acts that way and we learn that he is a murderer and a liar and he starves his town and forced a woman to marry him.

Figure 3: Film Still
The conflict between these two characters work because it is cheesy and humorous, at the same time having a serious rising tension throughout the film.


Figure 3: sset1.net. (2017). [online] Available at: http://www.asset1.net/tv/pictures/1024/576/movie/robin-hood-2010/Robin-Hood-Prince-Of-Thieves-5-1.jpg [Accessed 11 Jan. 2017].

Figure 2: Images2.fanpop.com. (2017). [online] Available at: http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/6200000/Robin-Hood-Prince-of-Thieves-robin-hood-prince-of-thieves-6251731-450-293.jpg [Accessed 11 Jan. 2017].

Figure 1: Movieposter.com. (2017). [online] Available at: https://www.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/109/MPW-54944 [Accessed 11 Jan. 2017].

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