THE BAD HERO
By Eli Polichronis
Do you know who Ned Kelly is? Well if you don't, then I will explain to you who he is and what he did. Ned Kelly is one of Australia's most popular people. Some say he was a hero, others say he was a villain. Well I am here to say that he is in fact both!
Now to begin with, Ned Kelly was thought to be a hero by many. He did do good, although many others disagree. He was a very courageous person, for example he saved a boy from drowning, he protected and supported his family and he did have mercy on his victims, as he said to a police officer, “No, I am not a coward. I’ll shoot no man if he holds up his hands.", so it is you can say that Ned Kelly was good and was a hero of his time.
Although Ned Kelly did good, others think very different. They believe Ned was a villain and a viscous criminal, which is a valid argument considering he did kill anyone that got in his way and anyone that DIDN'T put up their hands on his command, he stole from other horses and other personal belongings from people and he threatened others as well, so you can also say that he was bad and was a villain of his time.
In conclusion, if you take the points from both sides of this argument, it is clear that Ned Kelly wasn't a good, he wasn't bad but he was both, a bad hero. You see, although Ned Kelly helped others and protected them, he also killed, tried to kill and threatened others in the process. I believe that Ned Kelly was good and bad, it is clear that he is.
The Killings At Stringybark Creek
Ned Kelly's Perspective: As my gang and I approached the camp site of the four officers, we readied our guns and took caution. We heard two gunshot, it had to be them. It was a dangerous stunt we were about to perform, sneaking up on officers. One shot of their guns to any of our heads and we’re dead, but me being the courageous person I am my gang and I continued. As we silently approached the camp site we spotted two of them while they were on the lookout, so we jumped up and took them by surprise. I shouted “Bail up; throw up your arms!" Now lucky for one of the guys as he had put up his hands, but the other tried to run and duck for cover, but before he could make it my gang and I managed to shoot him dead. After that I was talking to the officer that lived, his name was McIntyre, and he told me that he hoped I would not shoot him cold blooded and I replied “No, I am not a coward. I’ll shoot no man if he holds up his hands." I told him that if any of his comrades escaped he would be shot immediately. I also told him that the reason for all of the commotion was because I was unjustly treated by Constable Fitzpatrick, as well as if he wanted to live he would have to leave the police and not tell anyone where my gang and I were. Not long after, we heard the other two officers coming, so we made McIntyre sit on a log. When the other two officers arrived, McIntyre got up and told the other officers to surrender. One of the officers surrendered, but yet again there was the one who tried to run away, so my gang and I killed him too. Then the officer that told the others to surrender suspected that my gang and I tried to eventually kill them all, so he got on a horse and rode away down the river. We tried to shoot him but failed.
McIntyre’s perspective: I was at the site, where Sergeant Kennedy, Constables Lonigan, Scanlon and I all set up camp. Kennedy and Scanlon both went down to the creek to explore, while Lonigan and I stayed at the campsite. I shot two shots at a pair of parrots I spotted. Suddenly, while I was making some tea with Lonigan by my side, we heard “Bail up; throw up your arms!” It was Ned Kelly and his gang. I threw my hands up in the air as fast as I could, but then all of a sudden, Lonigan ran for cover, and before you knew it, the gang had shot and killed him. After that I started talking with Ned. I told him him that I hoped he wouldn't shoot me cold blooded, and he replied "No, I am not a coward. I'll shoot no man if he holds up his hands." He told me that if any of my comrades escaped I would be shot immediately. He also told me that the reason for all of the commotion was because he was unjustly treated by Constable Fitzpatrick, as well as if I wanted to live I would have to leave the police and not tell anyone where he and his gang were. Not long after that, we heard the other two officers coming, Kennedy and Scanlon, so the gang made me sit on a log while they hid. When Kennedy and Scanlon arrived I got up and told them to surrender. One of them surrendered, but Scanlon tried to run away and for that, the gang shot and killed him. I suspected that Ned and his gang were up to something, trying to kill us all, so I quickly got on a horse and rode away down the creek. The gang tried to shoot and kill me, but they missed all of the shots and I got away. After a very long time, I finally reached John McColl's place, where a neighbouring farmer's buggy took me to the police camp at the township, where I reported everything I knew about the incident.