Readings of the Girl Who Played with Fire

1390 Words6 Pages
Psychological Reading Throughout The Girl Who Played with Fire, abuse and psychological dysfunction is used as a device of motivation. Although violence and abuse is prominent throughout the text, the psychological aspect, mainly associated with character Lisbeth Salander, is merely hinted at both visually and through dialogue. During the text, psychological damage is used an excuse for the way both the way that Salander looks and for her intentions. This is shown through costuming and dialogue. A stereotypical view point of a person who psychologically impaired is that they are socially awkward, destructive; they lack remorse and are private. These traits are shown by Salander throughout the text as a way of explaining what kind of a person she is. Salander’s costuming shows her take on septum, nose and multiple ear piercings to show her segregation from societal views on a way a person should look. Along with her patent ‘dragon tattoo’, body modification is seen through the eyes of the public as being disruptive, intimidating, a misfit and the cause of trouble. Salander is aware that her style makes her stand out from the norm and easily identifies her. In order to conform to societies ‘rules’ of how a person should look, Salander must know how to behave and what to be if she wishes to fit it. This places more psychological pressure onto a person when they are told how to be when they know no other way. In the scenes where Salander is seen in public after she has been reported as a dangerous person who is wanted, she is seen to have conformed to society and taken out her piercings along with wearing a blonde wig so as to not be identified. The following extract from a police offers dialogue shows how she is perceived by society based on a picture: “Christ, the whores these days. They get uglier and uglier. Would you pick her up? There’s got to be an easier
Open Document