"She went around with the attitude that she would rather be beaten to death than take any s***". -Steig Larsson, Millenium Trilogy.
Her Journey has become an international sensation and her secrets have captivated millons; Lisbeth Salander is the girl with the dragon tattoo. Part of Steig Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo tells the story of a missing girl, a brutal murderer and an unsolved mystery. The Millenium series consists of three novels and questions how far you can get to the truth before you become a target yourself.
Lisbeth Salander is the main character of the Swedush author Steig Larsson’s Millenium series, along with Mikael Blomkvist. As a woman in her twenties with a photographic memory and poor social skills, Lisbeth is most easily recognised by a dragon tattoo on her left shoulder blade. Being a prominent figure in the international hacker community, Lisbeth’s computer skills means she is able to make a living by doing investigative work for Milton Security.
For me, Lisbeth Salander is a strong feminist icon of literature not only because she is skillfull, but because she is a survivor. She is the survivor of a traumatic childhood and establishes herself as a strong female in a world ruled by men. Originally called ‘Men Who Hate Women’, within all three of his novels, Steig Larsson portrays Lisbeth as being particularly hostile to men who abuse women, taking pleasure in exposing and punishing them. In conclusion, although Lisbeth Salander is highly introverted and anti-social, throughout the trilogy Lisebth acts charitably, showing particular kindness to her old guardian; establishing herself as a triumphant anti-heroine.
"I tried to kill my father. I burned him alive." -Lisbeth Salander.