Sample Paper on the Outlaw


            The outlaw is a terms used to refer to individuals who were perceived as dissidents and were banished from the society. In most cases, such individuals had bounties declared on their heads and warrant of arrest issued for them, whether dead or alive. The laws of the past generation laid more emphasis on the respect to the ruler of a kingdom rather that the respect to the law itself. In this regard, crime became subjective with anyone at loggerheads with the ruler becoming ubiquitously a criminal and declared an outlaw.

In most of the epic stories of old such as Sir William Wallace of Scotland, Robin Hood and Gamelyn the characters portrayed as outlaws were regarded as heroes by the common people. The rulers during those ages oppressed the people and encouraged extortion with overtaxing the populace. These proclaimed ‘outlaws’ stood by the people and fought for the rights of the people thus ending up gaining prominence among the people even more than the rulers. This bred bad blood between the rulers and the heroes of which the impetus was the sudden popularity and fame (Green, 2010, p. 47).

This paper seeks to meticulously address the concept of the outlaw and describe in detail the misconstrued concept of standing for oneself and doing what is right. A decision to flow solo and do that which a majority lack to courage to execute does not brand one a foe but a hero as long as what a person does is right by the laws of the land and not precisely the rulers. The law as a standard gauge dictates the rights and freedoms of each individual, thus plays an important role in the setting of limits and alleviation of crime from the society.

            The outlaws had tendencies of pinpointing authoritarianism and egocentricity of leaders in the society. This, they have a common attitude of detest and fight hard to set free a people from such clutches. At times knowing that which is right requires experience and bravery. For example, Robin Hood was highly travelled and could compare the laws and actions of the leaders with those in his home country. The time frame in which these self-professed heroes did exist was that in which the clergymen exploited the poor to bring tithes and offerings to the Almighty which was later used to please the government and its selfish leaders. Though having respect for God, the outlaws emerged and out rightly challenged such an arrangement further causing more animosity with the rulers and clergymen.(Javier, 2014, p.73)

The role played by the ecclesiastical authorities in the society is to shed light and give directions on the way forward to believers in relation to God. However, religious leaders at the time of these outlaws were so much consumed with undying desire for riches, self-aggrandizement and corruption which left worshipers confused on the right course of action to take or proper ways of mitigating such challenges.

The outlaws took it as a responsibility to come out publicly and attest to and challenge the wrongdoings in the society which won them the bad name and reputation with the authorities. Delving deep into the character of the outlaw; they are simply men of courage and often very head – strong leaving no wrong doing unmentioned but choosing an action plan to execute in order to offset the ills of the society. For example, characters like Robin Hood used to steal from the government and share the food and clothing with the poor. The people saw him as a hero and their protector against oppression by the government.

Sir William Wallace was a Scottish Knight who succeeded in becoming one of the main leaders of the Scottish people during independence. He was a man of great courage who stood strong and united his people building an army of rebels against the oppressive government (Murison, 2012, p.134). The attitude of Wallace, who was later regarded as an outlaw, towards authority was so poor. This shows that the outlaws could not allow themselves to operate under an individual. They had respect and a responsibility for the people and owed no allegiance to any individual. In this regard, the outlaws ended up with two persona identities. That is, one which is loved by the people and the other which is detested and sought after by the government.


            The actions of the outlaws showed respect for the will of the people and dedication to serve the citizenry of a particular country as opposed to their rulers. This is supported by the historical outlaws like Robin Hood, Sir William Wallace, and Gamelyn. These are individuals who stood strong devoid of criticism, hate and vilification. Their utter detest for the oppressive government was visible through stealing from the government and giving back to the public. Equally peeving is the fact that the tasks executed by the likes of Robin Hood, Sir William Wallace, and Gamelyn proved them outlaws while their actions were well in tandem with personal human rights.


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Cercas, Javier, and Anne McLean. Outlaws. , 2014. Internet resource.

Green, Roger Lancelyn. (2010). The adventures of Robin Hood. London: Puffin Classics, 2010.

Murison, Alexander Falconer. William Wallace: Guardian of Scotland. Dover Publications, 2012. Internet resource.