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The Viking sagas use an incredible deal of symbolism and irony They also pay a great deal of attention to ones actions rather than ones words In the story of Frothi the king that defeated his brother in a devastating fire there is a character Regin who demonstrates great symbolism Regin is an ideal character who is true to himself and being a good person When he attempts to do all that is right he helps the boys out of the woods and back to their proper social statusThen Regin turned his horse in their direction a second time frowning as though he would attack them there and then Regins actions guide the boys back towards the hall where he hints to them that they are to set it on fire Once the fire is set Regin helps them to defeat the king without actually killing him himself King Frothi turned away from the door to the mouth of his underground hiding-place hoping to escape so to the woods and save his life but when he came underground there was Regin facing him and none too peaceful looking eitherHere Regins actions are noted as honest and true as well as symbolic He did not physically take the life of the king yet by standing in his way symbolically saved the boys and destroyed the reign of king Frothi It was also noted that Regin warned the king While he can be seen as someone who tries to play both sides I see Regin as a strong character that is loyal to himself and what should beFrothis dream of going to hell is also symbolic as he can see his own death coming This symbolism is important because it is ironic and lets the reader know what is going to happen before it actually does yet it does not destroy the suspenseIrony comes into play when King Frothi himself dies by fire It is ironic because
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