The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
Violence 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.
Salander: "Bullshit. […] Gottfried isn't the only kid who was ever mistreated. That doesn't give him the right to murder women. He made that choice himself. And the same is true of Martin. (24.98)
Why do some abused people become abusers, and others don't? That's the crux of Salander and Blomkvist's debate.
The pain was so immediate and so fierce that Lisbeth stopped in midstride, incapable of movement. She wanted to take the metal sign and use the hard edge to cleave Berger's head in two. (Epilogue.130)
Salander wants to salve her heartache with violence, though her form of violence is rather controlled. She sees a clear difference between using violence on a bad guy, and using it on a woman she sees as a rival.