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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest


by Stieg Larsson

Gender Quotes in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

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

Quote #1

Modig cocked her head. Zalachenko's answers were much more aggressive and hostile when she asked the questions. (3.31)

Zalachenko seems to despise all women and doesn't even try to hide it. When Modig begins questioning him, he can't even maintain a civil tone.

Quote #2

"I can understand why you'd want to quit this madhouse – but to be the head of Sweden's most turgid old-boy newspaper? That's going to take some time to sink in." (3.123)

As Blomkvist observes, being a woman is not a plus at SMP. The men on the board hired her as editor in chief, but they have no intention of giving her any real control.

Quote #3

If he could have screwed the whore without beating her up every time, that would have been one thing, but Zalachenko was guilty of repeated assault against his girlfriend. (5.131)

This thought is from Gullberg's point of view. That he views Salander's mother as a whore suggests that he has about as much use for women as Zalachenko does. The fact that he protects Zalachenko when he beats women is strong evidence.

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