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Is the Highwayman a hero?

Terms in this set (10) Who is the villain and who is the hero in lines 49-50? The redcoats are villains and the Highwayman is the hero.

What did the highwaymen do?

Highwaymen were robbers on horseback and they usually worked alone or in small groups. They attacked travellers in carriages or on horseback. Highwaymen increased in number in the early 18th century. They targeted stagecoaches, carriages, farmers returning from market and the mail coaches.

Why is Tim angry at the Highwayman?

“Back he spurred like a madman, shouting a curse to the sky.” What caused the highwayman to be so angry? He found out Bess was dead. “Not till dawn he heard it, his face grew gray to hear,” which suggests his anger of hearing the news that his lover was shot.

What happened to highwaymen when caught?

Most highwaymen were eventually caught and hanged. Afterward, their body was sometimes hanged on a frame called a gibbet as a warning to others. However, from the end of the 18th century policing of the highways greatly improved and by the 1830s the age of the highwayman was over.

Is the highwayman a bad guy?

A highwayman was a robber who stole from travellers. This type of thief usually travelled and robbed by horse as compared to a footpad who travelled and robbed on foot; mounted highwaymen were widely considered to be socially superior to footpads.

Who is the villain in the highwayman?

Because Tim caused the death of both Bess and the highwayman, he is the villain of the poem. If the redcoats had not been informed, Bess would not have shot herself and the highwayman would not have been killed. For this reason, Tim was the true villain of “The Highwayman.”

Why did highwaymen steal?

They often targeted coaches because they did not have much defence, stealing money, jewellery and other valuable items. The penalty for robbery with violence was to be executed by hanging.

What was the punishment for being a highwayman?

The penalty for robbery with violence was hanging, and most notorious English highwaymen ended on the gallows.

Who betrayed the highwayman?

Betrayed to the authorities by Tim, a jealous ostler, the highwayman escapes ambush when Bess sacrifices her life to warn him.

Why does Tim eavesdrop on the highwayman and Bess?

Why does Tim eavesdrop on the highwayman and Bess? He’s in love with Bess. He’s bored.

Who caught the highwayman?

By now, Turpin had escaped to his old haunt, Epping Forest, where he was hiding following the shooting of Matthew King, also a highwayman (thought to be in error). Turpin was spotted by a servant of the forest’s keepers, Thomas Morris, who he shot and killed when Morris had attempted to capture him.

What does the highwayman do when he hears the shot?

“The Highwayman” is a romantic ballad, which means that it is a narrative poem that celebrates passion and adventure. When Bess hears the highwayman approaching, she warns him by shooting herself; he hears the gunshot and escapes. The soldiers pursue him, however, and he, too, is killed.