Analysis Of The Folk Song 'Vigilante Man' By Woody Guthrie

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The folk song ‘Vigilante Man’ by Woody Guthrie shows the confusion between criminals and vigilantes. We have all heard stories about vigilante men going around trying to make the world a better place. Sometimes people get confused because a vigilante can be seen as a hero and a villain. Guthrie describes the Vigilante Man “carry that sawed-off shot-gun in his hand? Would he shoot his brother and his sister down?” (Vigilante Man, Guthrie) When we see a man carrying a sawed-off shot-gun around without a badge and uniform, we infer the worst. However the Vigilante Man is a good man but the people do not know that based off his appearance. This shows the listeners of the song that you should never judge someone based off their appearance because

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