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Justifiable Homicide In the Scandinavian family saga the main character Hrafnkel is justified in his killing of Einar Although there are several reasons that Hrafnkel was unjustified in his act the reasons supporting Hrafnkels deed outweigh the reasons that would oppose it The Icelandic idea of civilization law and the importance of ones word all provided a strong backing for Hrafnkel to act in the way that he did Hrafnkels murder of Einar was justified in a myriad of ways When Hrafnkel hired Einar to be his sheepherder Hrafnkel told him that he may ride any horse that he pleased but he must not ride Hrafnkels prize horse Freyfaxi If Einar disobeyed Hrafnkels orders Hrafnkel informed him that he would be killed 38-39 In this period of history a mans word was extremely important One who keeps his word was held in high regard in these times Hrafnkel states to Einar that warning wards off all blame 40 Stating that I will kill you if you ride Freyfaxi and you will be at fault Another reason that Hrafnkel is justified in his killing of Einar is that it sets an example to neighboring townspeople and to the rest of his servants It shows what will happen if Hrafnkels commands are not followed properly The reason that Hrafnkel is so protective of Freyfaxi is that he has offered this horse up to the god Frey and Frey and Hrafnkel were the only two allowed to ride Freyfaxi 38 The god Frey was an extremely important part of Hrafnkels religious therefore Einars choosing to ride Freyfaxi was sacrilegious in Hrafnkels eyes Religiously Hrafnkel believed that nothing good could ever happen to people who break their solemn vows 43 If Einar could not obey this extremely important rule of Hrafnkels then how could Hrafnkel trust Einar to follow any other commands Finally because of the law that existed Hrafnkel knew that he could get away with this
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