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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


by Stieg Larsson

Morality and Ethics Quotes in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph). We used Reg Keeland/a.k.a. Steven T. Murray's English language translation.

Quote #1

By then her casebook was filled with such terms as introverted, socially inhibited, lacking in empathy, ego fixated, psychopathic and asocial behavior, difficulty in cooperating, and incapable of assimilating learning. (9.45)

Since Salander hasn't submitted to any psychological tests, her diagnoses are based on arbitrary speculation. There's a big difference between refusing to cooperate with something you don't believe in and having "difficulty cooperating."

Quote #2

Salander earned about 160,000 kroner a year. […] In spite of this modest income, she had 90,000 kroner in her savings account. But she no longer had access to it. (9.92)

As Salander's guardian, Bjurman is supposed to be a pillar of morality and of professional ethics. Instead, he immediately takes away the thing that allows her to control her own life. The very fact that she's saved so much proves she can handle her own accounts.

Quote #3

She shoved the taser into his left armpit and fired off 750,000 volts. When his legs began to give way, she used all her strength to push him down on the bed. (14.28)

How does this moment make you feel about Salander's morality? Do you think this an immoral act?

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