© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire


by Stieg Larsson

Criminality Quotes in The Girl Who Played With Fire

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #10

"I don't wonder at Lisbeth's absolute refusal to talk to psychiatrists or the authorities […]. Every time she did, it only made matters worse. […] She, a child all by herself, tried to save her mother's life and defend herself against a psychopath. […] And instead of saying 'well done' and 'good girl' they locked her up in an asylum. (28.110)

At first, Salander actually tells everybody exactly why she lights Zala on fire. Her unconscious, brain-damaged mother is the proof that she was acting to defend a person who the law already stopped caring about in favor of a criminal. All of this is a horrible crime committed by people sworn to uphold the law.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...