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There may be any number of analytical questions applicable to the legend of Robin Hood. Many aspects of this story (which some say has some legitimate basis in English history) contain potent symbolism related to Freudian and Jungian ideas. For example, Robin Hood's affinity for archery indicates an attachment to the use of a phallic weapon. The band of "Merry Men" and their loyal friendships and good natured arguments and pranks indicates a possible sublimated, or latent, expression of homoerotic desire. The significance of the forest, or the "green wood," in the Forest of Nottingham setting speaks to the psychological theme of the wild man in nature, the freeing of the human spirit in a truly rustic setting. Because Robin and his men are so at ease in the forest, this suggests the healing and transformative power of the forest, often seen as a potentially frightening place. The forest in symbolic terms is often associated with internalized fears of the unknown, or of threatening forces. The Robin Hood story allows the reconciliation of the human being with the wild places in nature. The TV series "Robin of Sherwood" portrays many psychological aspects of the story in satisfying cinematic terms.
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