The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Essay

2584 Words Jun 5th, 2016 11 Pages
Violence Against Women Portrayed in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo “Eighteen percent of women in Sweden have at one time been threatened by a man.”(Part 1.9), “Forty-six percent of the women in Sweden have been subjected to violence by a man.”(Part 2.127), “ Thirty percent of the women in Sweden have been subjected to aggravated sexual assault outside of a sexual relationship.”(Part 3.273). These are just a few troubling statistics the novel, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, written by Stieg Larsson, offers to its readers to highlight an integral issue explored in this story. When a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest family goes missing, her uncle searches tirelessly for over forty years to learn the truth of her disappearance. Continuing his search, he enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, a recently convicted journalist, and Lisbeth Salander, a highly knowledgeable punk prodigy, to search for the truth behind his beloved niece’s disappearance. In 2011, this acclaimed novel was brought to the big screen with director David Fincher’s film adaptation of the story by the same name. Both the novel and film touched upon issues such as corruption in the business world and judging others too quickly, but one issue that appears frequently in the story is violence against women. The main perpetrators of the violence in this story are Martin Vanger, a prominent CEO and women killer, and Nils Bjurman, Lisbeth’s guardian and sexist pig, as Lisbeth describes him. Lisbeth and other…

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