Study Guide

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Friendship

By Stieg Larsson


Friendship is the backbone of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, maybe the backbone of the whole Millennium trilogy. We could look at the saga as Lisbeth Salander's journey from finding few friends in the world to finding many. In the first two novels, Salander seems to have more enemies than friends. She feel like it's her against the world. In this novel, the friends totally outweigh the enemies. Since she's stuck in a hospital and in jail, she must rely on the people who care for her in order to win her freedom. Now, Salander just has to figure out what to do with all these supporters and learn how to be a friend in return.

Questions About Friendship

  1. According to this novel, is love possible without friendship? Friendship without love? Does it show any differences between love and friendship?
  2. Are Salander and her lawyer Annika Giannini friends?
  3. Will Monica Figuerola, Blomkvist's new flame, become friends with Erika Berger and/or Salander?
  4. Why do you think that Salander reaches out to Berger to help with the stalker situation? What does it say about Salander?
  5. Why does Salander head to Gibraltar after being released from jail?
  6. What has changed about Salander such that she's able to welcome Blomkvist back into her life at the end of the novel?

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