The Generous Thief: Character Analysis: Robin Hood, A Courteous Thief

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The Generous Thief

Robin Hood, a courteous thief who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, is up for trial for his generous crimes. Thomas Hobbes and John Locke will determine the fate of this young man.This essay features philosophical theories of Hobbes and Locke in reference to property. Robin Hood will state his reason for his crimes, as Hobbes and Locke use their philosophies to determine his fate, Hood will use their philosophies to defend himself. Robin Hood is an outlaw who stole from the rich to give to the poor, some consider him a hero and others consider him a criminal. Although, stealing is against the law - he had correct intentions, which he will prove as he defends himself to Hobbes and Locke.
Thomas Hobbes removes the foundation of ethics and states that politics determines the common good, unlike his predecessors Plato and Aristotle. He determines that the concept of right or wrong and that society needs a sovereign to establish manner. Hood lives in the civil state where the sovereign has deemed it wrong to steal. This causes Hobbes to believe Hood followed a wrongdoing; disobeying the sovereign. Although, Hobbes states the sovereign is responsible for protecting the common good, Hood attempts to prove his actions were done for the common good because the sovereign failed to accomplish their job. Hood states that, even though, he disobeyed the sovereign laws - he perpetrated his crimes for the common good. He saw the sovereign was not focused on

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