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20 Psychological Quotes from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

There are a few books and movies that circle around women, having strong female characters that aren’t dolled up to appear lifeless. But they tend to emerge as a strong figure, someone who we can relate to. Most books and films lack strong female presence. They get a little space to thrive.

Are either produced to objectify women or to seek sympathy from the protagonist- the damsel in distress image, being the most common. However, not all writers have done injustice to women. One such prolific, Swedish writer and journalist named Steig Larsson, has blessed the readers with his finest work called- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The Novel’s Genre:

The Girl with the dragon tattoo is a psychological thriller novel, which is a part of the Millennium series. The book was published posthumously in 2005 and became an international bestseller. Larsson planned to release 10 novels in his Millennium series. Unfortunately, due to his sudden demise, only three were published and made available to the readers.

The book managed to make a stellar appearance in the world of literature. It bagged many awards, which later drew the attention of the filmmakers to make a movie out of it.

Character Sketch of Lisbeth Salander- The Secondary Protagonist and the Titular Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The main characters of the novel are interesting in their own way. But when Salander makes her appearance, she steals the spotlight with her distinctive look, her rawness and with her complex personality. Her portrayal is beautiful and unique.

When most books and films produce male figures, who seem to be disturbed in many ways. The titular girl, Slander brings a breath of fresh air. She is unique, an epitome of bravery. A girl who is fragile from within yet wears confidence on her sleeve. Is asocial, smart, witty, keen and observant.

Besides this, she is accepting to others, doesn’t want anybody to change for her. There are layers to her character to know more about her, you must read the book.

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To entice you, here are 20 best Psychological Quotes from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:

“Her absence had felt like torture- almost a form of personal punishment. He had nobody to discuss his feelings with, and for the first time he realised with appalling clarity what a destructive hold she had over him”.

“Everyone has secrets. It’s just a matter of finding out what they are”.

“What she had realised was that love was that moment when your heart was about to burst”.

“She did not seem difficult in her eyes, she was the very quintessence of difficult”.

“Being related to is no guarantee of love”.

“Sometimes they were together so often that it felt as though they really were a couple; sometimes weeks and months would go by before they saw each other. But even as alcoholics are drawn to the state liquor store after a stint on the wagon, they always came back to each other”.

“He often wondered whether it were possible to be more possessed by desire for any other woman. The fact was that they functioned well together, and they had a connection as addictive as heroin”.

“Armansky felt so provoked by her lack of emotional response that sometimes he wanted to grab hold of her and shake her. To force his way into her shell and win her friendship, or at least her respect”.

“At some point on the morning of the second day she came to a terrifying realisation. She had no idea how it had happened or how she was supposed to cope with it. She was in love for the first time in her life”.

“I miss our meetings. I’m sure you don’t, why would you? I was always such a headache for you, never showing up with good news, only problems. I have good news now. I made a friend. I mean one that you’d approve of. I’m happy”.

“You know what’s harder than hitting someone with a gun? Just missing them. It was a very good shot, up at the cabin”.

“Much stronger boys in her class soon learned that it could be quite unpleasant to fight with that skinny girl. Unlike other girls in the class, she never backed down, and she would not for a second hesitate to use her fists or any weapon at hand to protect herself. She went around with the attitude that she would rather be beaten to death than take any shit”.

“It did no good to cry, she had learned that early on. She had also learned that every time she tried to make someone aware of something in her life, the situation just got worse. Consequently it was up to her to solve her problems by herself, using whatever methods she deemed necessary”.

“Normally seven minutes of another person’s company was enough to give her a headache so she set things up to live as a recluse. She was perfectly content as long as people left her in peace. Unfortunately society was not very smart or understanding”.

“It was then that I noticed Harriet wasn’t there. And she wasn’t there the next morning, or the next, or the next 40 years”.

“Friendship- my definition- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don’t have trust, the friendship will crumble”.

“In her world, this was the natural order of things. As a girl she was legal prey, especially if she was dressed in a worn black leather jacket and had pierced eyebrows, tattoos, and zero social status”.

“An introverted person obviously affected by her past. Lived alone, had no sex life, had difficulty getting close to people. Kept her distance, and when she let loose there was no restraint. She chose a stranger for a lover”.

“She had been sharing a house with him for a week, and he had not once flirted with her. He had worked with her, asked her opinion, slapped her on the knuckles figuratively speaking when she was on the wrong track, and acknowledged that she was right when she corrected him. Dammit, he had treated her like a human being”.

“No, I don’t believe in God, but I respect the fact that you do. Everyone has to have something to believe in”.

“Salander’s greatest fear, which was so huge and so black that it was of phobic proportions, was that people would laugh at her feelings. And all of a sudden all her carefully constructed self-confidence seemed to crumble”.

Announcement: My friend and fellow writer, Gregory Thomas is set to release a science fiction novel. Reach him @Cascadialegends.wordpress.com. Here’s an excerpt from his book. https://cascadialegends.wordpress.com/2018/09/09/continuation-from-the-agentexcerpt-from-my-book/ 

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    • I read the book, haven’t watched the film yet. A lot of meaning gets lost in translation. Native speakers would understand the depth of the writer and how beautifully he fabricated the entire story. I’m looking forward to watching the film 🙂 love the book.

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