For my first Fourth year project I have decided upon studying The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, taking elements of the traditional stories and bringing them together with a new contemporary twist. There are many themes within the tales of Robin Hood that are easily relatable to many important issues that are seen in the world today. The theme of economic inequality between rich and poor was perhaps one of the main topics within the story, with the iconic saying taking from the rich and giving to the poor.
My love for researching different cultures meant that I naturally leaned towards researching countries around the world where this inequality was prominently present. For me this very much focussed on the countries of Central and South America, where the gap between the rich and the poor is most defined. Settling on Mexico meant that I had the possibility of making the concept a bit darker, linking the typical ëbad guyí characters such as the sheriff and Guy of Gisbourne with the Drug Cartels that are currently overpowering Mexico’s entire economy. The Drug Cartels also have a rank system of power which lends itself well to the structure of the characters and the social hierarchy that is present within the story of Robin Hood. The Sheriff is one of the countries Drug Lords running a cartel, with Guy acting as his most trusted and notorious hitmen. In contrast Robin Hood and his men are vigilantes trying to rid their country of the cartel, helping out the poverty stricken a long the way. By focussing on how the Cartel and the drug wars have effected the Mexican society and furthermore the balance of money, allows me to create a very original concept for Robin Hood that stays away from the traditional green outfits of the Merry Men.
Taking influence from both the traditional heritage of Mexico and the contemporary culture emerging in the country today, will enable me to create a new and interesting design style for the tales of Robin Hood.