All history influences the present state of affairs, and the perceptions we hold are often based on historical and cultural circumstances, which, ultimately, have consequences for how we interpret everyday things, such as Robins.
Take the colour red as an example. It is our national colour, being used for many different purposes, from red military uniforms (think Redcoats), the red arrows, the central red circle of the RAF’s roundel, to phrases such as “Under the Red Duster they sustain our Island Fortress”.
In Elizabethan England, for instance, the colour red for use in clothing was dictated by English law, known as the Sumptuary Laws, because the colour of clothes dictated the status of the individual wearing them – in fact red was Queen Elizabeth 1st’s favourite colour. Red, then, is royal; it is power, and contains a deep implication of valiance.