In chapter 10 of Hip:The History, John Leland talks about outlaws and their importance in the conversation of hip. By definition, outlaws are those who have broken the law. However, the book defines them as people who break the law for a good cause. One of the outlaws mentioned is Robin Hood. Everyone who has read the story of Robin Hood knows that he was a thief who stole from the rich, but he only did it to give the poor what they couldn’t afford to have. Although stealing is a crime, it is inevitable to think of Robin Hood as a hero because he did what he did to help people, and he never meant any harm. Outcasts are those people who even though they break the law, others still sympathize with them.
My favorite outlaw is Rumpelstiltskin, from “Once Upon a Time”. In the TV series, Rumpelstiltskin started off as a poor man who was made fun of, picked on, humiliated and seen as an outcast in the town in which he lived in. Due to the way he was treated, Rumpelstiltskin became bitter and wanted revenge, and he could only do this if he possessed the power of dark magic. When he become the dark one, he became so evil that everyone in town started to be afraid of him. Murdering, and getting rid of the people that once humiliated him, Rumpelstiltskin was no longer the humble man he once was when he was poor. Later in the show, Rumpelstiltskin falls in love with a girl named Belle. Belle also falls in love with him and even though he’s an evil man, she sees past that and knows that deep inside of himself he is good. Throughout the whole show, Rumpelstiltskin does everything possible to protect Belle from any harm that comes her way. Of course, he uses his dark magic, but he only does it because he wants to protect the women he loves. I sympathize with Rumpelstiltskin because of his terrible past, and I know that he became what he is because of what people did to him. Also, I know that he is madly in love with Belle and he only wants to keep her safe, even if it means hurting others. Rumpelstiltskin is an outlaw because he does not play fair, and kills people because of his terrible past and his love for Belle.
In the book, John Leland states, “Outlaws hold an elevated position in a nation founded by revels an runaways”(225) The point the author is trying to make is that even though America has grown because of rebellion, outlaws hold a position above rebels. I agree with this because like Rumpelstiltskin, outlaws are admired and thought to be brave, unlike rebels who are just seen as disruptive people who don’t conform to socialites norms. “He was noise! He was public! And he was ours!”(227) This proves that society praised and looked up to outlaws, regardless of them breaking the laws.