The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Questions and Answers
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What are three examples of symbolism in The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood?  Thank you so much.

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There are a number of symbols in The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, but I'll discuss three that are important in the cultural context of the work.

Two of the most important symbols in the work are expressed in the setting in which the adventures take place.  In the Robin Hood myth, one of the symbols most important to the story--the forest--is also culturally significant in English literature:

And here is a country bearing a well-known name, wherein no chill mists press upon our spirits, and no rain falls but what rolls off our backs like April showers. . . where flowers  bloom forever and birds are always singing. . . and ale and beer. . . flow like water in a brook.

The world that protects Robin and the Merry Men from harm is essentially a paradise, part of the world going back to the Golden Age where men were free from the political and societal evils represented by men such as the Sheriff of Nottingham and the usurper, King John.  In other words, the forest...

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