‘They Came on Viking Ships Demonstrates That Everyone Contributes to Society’. Discuss

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‘They came on Viking ships demonstrates that everyone contributes to society’. Discuss In the novel ‘They came on Viking ships’ shows that everyone does contribute towards the society, but sometimes they don’t contribute towards the society. It’s a bit like one night when Hekja was caught singing by Snorri the Skald, and was told to sing at the feast that night but Hekja refused. Also when Erik the Red had died Freydis was given 2 farms and silver was divided equally between Thorvard, Freydis, and Leif. But Freydis never shared her wealth with the thralls-meaning she never gave them new clothes, shoes, accessories, and not even a little bit of silver. Another example would be when Hekja was back at home (on the mountains) the girls-Reena and Raina wouldn’t share/give the milk to Snarf for him to drink. But there are also times when people or animals do share things. Like Snarf sharing his wonderful talent (sniffing icebergs) and saving the lives of many people. Also another example is when Hekja saved Hikki’s life, but Hikki taught Hekja about mechanics and the principles of levers. One night during Yuletide* Hekja wasn’t allowed to go to the Yule feast because Freydis mentioned that “Someone must stay and keep the fire alight and tend to the animals” (Chapter 24, page 151, paragraph 8). Therefore Hekja didn’t go to the feast but got bored and started singing, but was overheard by Snorri the Skald. Hekja was questioned about the singing but she denied it all along, until she gave up and told the truth. She was asked politely but in return Hekja said “A slave has nothing. No belonging, no past that anybody cares to know, no future unless her mistress gives her on. My songs are all I have. If you tell them, they will own those too.”This example shows that Hekja has something but doesn’t want to share it with the others. But on the other hand Hikki shows that he does share his knowledge with Hekja. In the book Hikki and Hekja have been ordered to race each other...
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