Lisbeth’s Sexuality and Its Implications | Feminism and Film
I hate Figuerola–to me, her and Blomkvist's relationship is a betrayal of Lisbeth. There she is lying in a hospital, severely Salander ditches Martin's Laptop. In a new sequel to Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, punk wild child Lisbeth Salander and crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist join forces. Towards the end of the first novel, Salander, after realising that she has Blomkvist also has sexual relationships with three other.
Name[ edit ] Larsson stated in interviews that he based many characters, including that of Lisbeth Salanderon characters from Astrid Lindgren novels. Lisbeth Salander sarcastically refers to him by this nickname throughout the series. Overview[ edit ] "Mikael Blomkvist is a graduate of the School of Journalism and had much of his professional life dedicated to revealing and report suspicious transactions, specifically in the field of banking and business," writes Larsson in the first volume of the trilogy.
And as such quite frequently invite you to comment on various issues in television. Facing jail time and professional disgrace, Blomkvist steps down from his position on the magazine's board of directors. At the same time, he is offered a freelance assignment by Henrik Vanger, the former CEO of Vanger Enterprises and patriarch of the wealthy Vanger family, to help him solve the cold case of his great-niece, Harriet Vanger, who has been missing for 36 years and presumed dead.
During this time, Blomkvist meets and begins to work with Salander, whom Vanger had hired prior to investigate Blomkvist while considering him for the job. The two form an important relationship, in which each of their skill-sets prove invaluable in solving the Vanger case; they also become lovers. At the end of the first novel, Salander saves Blomkvist from Vanger's great-nephew and Harriet's brother Martin, a serial killer who has been murdering women throughout Sweden for decades.
Using her phone tapping contacts in Londonshe and Blomkvist discover that Harriet Vanger is alive and living in Australia. Salander abruptly ends their relationship at the end of the novel, however, after seeing him with his lover and business partner, Erika Berger.
In the following novel, The Girl Who Played with Firetwo of Blomkvist's colleagues are murdered and Salander is identified as the prime suspect. Blomkvist becomes her only supporter and strives to clear her name, even as she wants nothing to do with him and refuses to help him in any way.
He also learns that Salander was raped by one of the murder victims, Nils Bjurman, and that The Section conspired to have her committed to a mental hospital as a child in order to protect Zalachenko.
He follows Salander to Zalachenko's farm, where he finds her near death after a confrontation with her father.
He calls an ambulance, saving her life. Under the pseudonym "Wasp", she becomes a prominent figure in the international hacker community known as the Hacker Republic similar to the group Anonymous. She uses her computer skills as a means to earn a living, doing investigative work for Milton Security.
She has an eidetic memoryand is skillful at concealing her identity; she possessed passports in different names, and disguises herself to travel undetected around Sweden and worldwide. Salander has a complicated relationship with investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvistwhich veers back and forth between romance and hostility throughout the series.
Personality[ edit ] The survivor of a traumatic childhood, Salander is highly introverted and asocial, and has difficulty connecting to people and making friends.
She is particularly hostile to men who abuse women, and takes special pleasure in exposing and punishing them. This is representative of Larsson's personal views and a major theme throughout the entire series.
Her mental state is never definitively described, however, an ambiguity that many antagonists in the series try to use against her: Peter Teleborian describes her as "paranoid", "psychotic", "obsessive", " schizophrenic ", and an "egomaniacal psychopath ". While she may not always follow society's rules, she does have her own set of moral principles that abide by a code of right and wrong. Teleborian as she demonstrates that Lisbeth is 'just as sane and intelligent as anyone in this room.
Her boss, Dragan Armansky, commissions her to research disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist at the behest of a wealthy businessman, Henrik Vanger. When Blomkvist finds out that Salander hacked his computer, he hires her to assist him in investigating the disappearance of Vanger's grandniece, Harriet, 40 years earlier. Salander uses her research skills to uncover a series of murders, dating back decades and tied to Harriet's disappearance.
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During the investigation, Salander and Blomkvist become lovers. The novel reveals Salander was declared legally incompetent as a child and is under the care of legal guardian Holgar Palmgren, one of the few people in the world she trusts and cares for. When Palmgren suffers a stroke, the court appoints her a new guardian: Nils Bjurman, a sadist who forces Salander to perform oral sex in return for access to her allowance.
In a second sex session at his flat, he rapes and sodomizes her, unaware that she is recording his actions with a hidden camera. A few days later, she returns to his flat and, after disabling him with a tasertapes his mouth and fastens him to his bed with his own bondage equipment, and finally sodomizes him with a huge anal plug. She then explains that she will release the video recording of him raping her if he does not do exactly what she orders, or if anything happens to her.
She demands that he annul her legal incompetence and restore her sole access to her bank account. She tells him that she will visit him when she pleases, and if she ever finds him with a woman, even if she's there voluntarily, she will release the tape and destroy his life. Salander eventually uncovers evidence that Harriet's late father, Gottfried, and her brother, Martin, committed the murders.
Salander then finds Blomkvist just in time to save him from Martin, who is in the midst of torturing him. She pursues Martin on her motorcycle, but he is killed when he deliberately veers into an oncoming truck.
Lisbeth’s Sexuality and Its Implications
At the end of the book, Salander acknowledges to herself that she has fallen in love with Blomkvist. On her way to tell him so, however, she sees him with his longtime lover, Millennium editor Erika Berger. Heartbroken, Salander abruptly cuts off all contact with him. Shortly afterward, Salander is falsely implicated in the murder of three people: Bjurman and two of Blomkvist's colleagues.
The Section then falsely incriminates Salander to cover up their concealment of Zalachenko's crimes.
Blomkvist tries to help Salander, even though she wants nothing to do with him. When she hacks into his computer, he leaves her his notes on the prostitution ring, from which she learns that Zalachenko is behind the frame-up.
By the end of the novel, she tracks Zalachenko to his farm, where he shoots her in the head and has Neidermann bury her alive. She digs her way out, however, and hits her father in the face with an axe before losing consciousness. Blomkvist finds her and calls an ambulance, saving her life.
The novel expands upon Salander's childhood. She is portrayed as having been an extremely bright but asocial child who would violently lash out at anyone who threatened or picked on her. This was in part the result of a troubled home life; Zalachenko repeatedly beat her mother but escaped punishment because the Section perceived his value to the Swedish State as being more important than her mother's civil rights. One day, when Salander was 12, Zalachenko beat her mother so badly that she sustained permanent brain damage.
In retaliation, Salander hurled a homemade Molotov cocktail into her father's car, leaving him permanently disfigured and in chronic pain. The Section, fearing this would lead to their exposure, had the girl declared legally insane and sent to a Children's Psychiatric Hospital in Uppsala.
While there, Salander was placed under the direct surveillance of psychologist Dr.