The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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Lisbeth Salander is a tough nut to crack. Hero? Villain? Somewhere in the middle? We're not sure, but we're hesitant to accuse her of anything...especially after what she did to the last guy.
|Author||Larsson - Stieg Larsson|
Justice and Judgement
Memory and the Past
Morality and Ethics
Technology and Modernization
In Stieg Larsson's book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo...
...disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist <<meh-kale bloam-quist>> and troubled computer hacker
Lisbeth Salander <<liz-bith sal-in-der>> join forces to find a girl who went missing decades
...and end up on the trail of a serial killer.
Uh, wrong kind of cereal. While on the quest to find the missing girl,
Lisbeth shows that not only is she a brilliant researcher...
...but she also has a gift for using violence to get what she wants...
...which leads us to the question: Should Lisbeth be considered a hero?
While the abuse inflicted on her by her guardian was terrible, Lisbeth's decision to take the
law into her hands...
...in a very creative way...
...shows us that she's a ruthless individual.
Wouldn't a true hero use legal means to punish a rapist, rather than Lisbeth's more brutal
methods? Okay, so it's true that Lisbeth is violent
and willing to resort to criminal behavior in order to achieve her goals...
...but she also demands justice for herself and helps those she cares about.
Doesn't saving Blomkvist from death at the hands of a serial killer count as heroism?
If Blomkvist hadn't had Lisbeth's assistance, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo would have
had a very different ending.
When all's said and done, it's really Lisbeth who saves the day.
So, which is it?
Should Lisbeth be excluded from hero-dom because she violently metes out punishment herself
rather than leaving it to the authorities?
Does she occupy a gray area, where some of her actions are heroic, but not others?
Or is Lisbeth the real hero of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, because the good things
that happen in the book happen because of her?
Shmoop amongst yourselves.