William Tell (Wilhelm Tell) is a legendary character that is said to have lived in Uri, in central Switzerland, during the late 13th century ~ early 14th century. The anecdotes of him rousing the governor’s anger for not showing respect to his hat that was hung on a square, and shooting at an apple placed on his son’s head are quite famous.
He’s a being whose name has been popularized as a character in dramas, but for the people of Switzerland, he’s recognized as a hero that symbolizes the movement of founding the country.
As depicted in the play, he’s a man with the courage to face the oppressors that make the people suffer.
Nevertheless, he wasn’t moved by the political/national sense of crisis, but for personal reasons if anything. As a result of doing what he should do as a huntsman, as a father, as one man, he became a warrior of justice. In other words, a realistic hero. As if he embodied the concept of “a father is a hero”, he has the boldness and composure to protect his family, sometimes frivolous, sometimes warm, and a man that’s scary when angered.
William Tell’s story is popular, but not much is known after the episode in which he saved his son. While shooting the arrow at the apple, the evil governor Geßler noticed that Tell had hidden another arrow in his body apart from the one he fixed to his crossbow. To the Tell that had pierced the arrow with magnificent skill and ran to embrace his saved son, Geßler asked the meaning of that arrow. To what he answered “If the arrow from the beginning pierced something that wasn’t the apple, I intended to kill you with this arrow”. The enraged Geßler arrested Tell, but Tell managed to escape midway.
And ——— in order to escape from the governor’s revenge, in order to protect his sons from the governor’s rage, Tell did what he needed to do. He sniped Geßler on horse at a narrow valley’s road, piercing his heart.
Peace returned to the city that lost its tyrant, Tell was honored as a hero, and beginning from here, the momentum of the Swiss independent movement became stronger and stronger ———