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Ned Kelly Was a Hero by Cooper Soderlund

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Ned Kelly is one of the most famous outlaws in Australia, he killed 3 people, robbed two banks, and stole hundreds of cattle. Even though Ned Kelly did all these criminal acts, he also did good deeds like, he spoke for the people who did not have a voice, he fought for a righteous government and he helped people in need. This evidence shows that Ned Kelly was a hero.


Firstly, Ned spoke for the people who did not have a voice. Ned most of the time spoke for the people who did not have a voice, the main time he spoke for the people is in his letters, the Jerilderie letter, and the Cameron letter. Also, before Ned was hanged, 30,000 people signed a petition to let Ned live, he also said he was never going to rob a normal civilian instead, Ned robbed banks to prove his point. Ned Kelly is of course a hero from this big act of heroism even though he did it in the wrong way, by robbing banks.

Secondly, Ned Kelly fought for a righteous government and police force. From when Ned was 12, he was in trouble with the police, Ned also was looked at as a thief and a troublemaker by the upper class and was treated as a criminal. The reason for Ned’s decision is so that Victoria can be a righteous and fair state. Even though Ned Kelly robbed two banks, he never hurt anyone, he only robbed banks to support his family. This action is a heroic act by Ned Kelly not a Villainous act, even though Ned killed 3 people he did not mean to, he was protecting himself.

Lastly, Ned Kelly helped people in need. Ned Kelly has help people in need so many times during his bank robberies, panning for gold, distilling whisky and more. The most known act of Ned Kelly helping people in need is when he was 11 years old and he saved a drowning boy, Ned was then rewarded with a green silk sash, he was then filled with pride when he did this deed. Ned Kelly from this act alone proves that he is a hero. Ned Kelly helped people but in the wrong ways, like robbing banks for money for his mum’s freedom.


In conclusion, therefore, according to the evidence, Ned Kelly is of course a hero, because he spoke for the people that do not have voices, Ned fought for a righteous government and Ned helped people in need. Even though Ned did some bad things he had good intentions. Therefore, Ned Kelly is an inspirational hero and deserves to be called a hero, but he did these acts in the wrong way.


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