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Vinland Saga

One of the best things about this story is that it gives proper development to all of its characters. Asking questions that I never thought really will have been asked.

It takes a look at Viking life and jabs at the very nature of it, having people kill one another, taking revenge or their sons inherit it. The beginning seems fairly standard, it is only later on it reveals the originality of how the story goes.

I enjoy the story asking the moral dilemma of Thorfinn’s revenge, denying it in a way but also opens up other questions. Just what is he living for at the end of the day? What will he seek to do after it? Giving the same answers that comes from 91 Days, but this gives a much more fleshed out detail into the very nature of living.

The questions are answered, but not without time. And Thorfinn spends the next few years lost and unable to fathom just what was he doing to his life. And I liked that the story allowed him to question his own choices before finding it.

It is not a story about revenge, it is one about redemption, forgiveness and most importantly teaching that violence only breeds more violence. It is a vicious cycle, and the only way to stop it is to build a paradise. Which is what the story is all about, building a new place free from any form of violence. And without violence is the key.

It is the story of a boy who once thought that vengeance was the answer. To have it taken from him and realise that the point of living was not to kill, was not to fight. To realize that a violent world will never work. And to face up to one’s sins.

And thus, this is the true beauty of Vinland Saga. Asking questions about the Viking way of life, even though the entire story is all about it. Showing the way that violence is never the answer, and the feeling that the only way to truly let go is to forgive and forget.

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