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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Mind Map: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Larsson, Stieg. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Toronto: Penguin Group Canada, 2005.

Character Development

Lisbeth Salander

Mikael Blomkvist

Erika Berger

Martin Vanger

Harriet Vanger

Henrik Vanger

Cecilia Vanger

Dragan Armansky

Isabella Vanger

I Wonder..

What does 50,000 kronor convert into? (pg 13)

Why is Blomkvist going to jail? (pg 13)

"He had rashly hired a Scampi for a few days of romantic sailing in the Stockholm archipelago." (pg 17)

What is the AIA programme? (pg 19)

"I have no idea who he knew at the AIA,but he walked out with sixty million kronor" Lindberg pg 21

"He might just as well fallen in love with a painting of a nymph or Greek amphora." pg 36

"Everyone has secrets, its just a matter of finding out what they are." -Lisbeth pg 41

How does Lisbeth gather of all this personal information on people? pg 44

What does Henrik Vanger want Mikael for? pg 62

Why is Kit protecting Margaret by lying to Nan? (pg 35)

Is Henirk telling the truth about babysitting Mikael? his story seems strange. pg 66

What mystery does Henrik want Mikael to solve? Does it involve the Vanger family? pg 71

I wonder who killed Harriet Vanger? Was it a family member? pg 76

Who is on the other side of the email address? Is he a friend or foe? pg 86

What does the electric cuff do? How does it work? What will they use it for? pg 92

I wonder what the effects of rheumatism are and how you get it? pg 110

Who is Advokat Bjurman? What it is about him that makes Salander feel threatened? pg 126

I wonder if Mikael and Lisbeth will ever meet up? pg 139

I wonder what it would be like to live when Hitler reigned,knowing everything about him that you do now.What could you do? What could you say? pg 143

"But Martin showed no sign of wanting to discuss the subject." pg 150

Maybe those numbers aren't telephone numbers? pg 171

Who do those names belong to? pg 172

Why would Lisbeth let him do that to her? Why didn't she fight back? pg 178

What does she mean by All the Evil? pg 183

"Her only chance of fighting back was if she could hurt him by scratching his eyes or using some sort of weapon. But her planned scenario had already gone to hell." pg 199

I wonder what her new tattoo mean, and how many she has in total? pg 202

I wonder what Salander is going to do to get revenge e on Bjurman? pg 205

Why is Cecila acting strangely towards Mikael? I thought they were becoming very close. pg 222

Was Cecilia the woman in Harriet's window? pg 243

How will Mikael find the woman with the pictures? Will she still have them? pg 245

Who broke into Mikael's cabin? How much did they find out? pg 270

"She has to read sola scriptura and understand suffcientia scripturae. That's the only way that she can maintain sola fide. Josef will certainly exclude them. They were never accepted into the canon." Pastor Falk pg 320

Who is shooting at Mikael? Is it Harriet's killer? pg 326

What secrets is Martin hiding? pg 346

If Martin didn't kill Harriet, then who did? pg 359

If Salander kills Martin, where will she hide the body? pg 362

What is going to happen to the Vanger Corporation now that Martin, the CEO, is dead? pg 370

What is Asperger's syndrome? pg 399

How are they going to take Wennerstrom down? pg 419

What significance does Walpurgis Night have?

Why doesn't Lisbeth want her share of the money that they earned form Henrik? It is not like she doesn't need and, and she worked very hard for it. pg 441

I wonder how these biblical verses connect to Harriet's disappearance? Why did she record them? What is Leviticus? pg 252


"The AIA and Skanska Construction and the like. Not speculation firms, in other words." Lindberg pg 20

I feel almost swamped with all of the business and finance discussion. trying to absorb and comprehend all that is thrown at me so fast is becoming a challenge! But I'll do my best to keep up! (pg 22)

So, if I am getting all of this straight, Wennerstrom pulled out a loan so he could start and eventually shut down a small company to earn him more profit and justify his financial state. Sounds like a snake in the grass to me!

"Don't say business man. Call them what you like but calling them businessmen is an insult to a serious profession." -Mikael pg 27

Providing security was a lucrative business." pg 29

"Sometimes she wore black lipstick, and in spite of the tattoos and the pierced nose and eyebrows she was...well...attractive. It was inexplicable." pg 33

"He had never lied about his feelings for her to his wife, Monica, but she had thought it would end when they married and their daughter was born." pg 52

"They are for the most part thieves, misers, bullies, and incompetents. I ran the company for thirty-five years-almost all the time in the midst of relentless bickering. they were my worst enemies, far worse than competing companies or the government."- Henrik pg 70

"I can give you Hans-Erik Wennerstrom. I can prove that he's a swindler." -Henrik pg 97

"The cat sniffed around the guest house for a while. Mikael poured some milk into a dish, and his guest lapped it up. Then the cat hopped on to the kitchen bench and curled up, and there she stayed." pg 117

"That had not been an easy journey. She ran away from the first foster family after only two weeks. the second and third foster families fell by the wayside in quick succession." pg 128

I can't believe how big the Vanger family is. There are so many intricate relationships and distant relatives. It is amazing how much they hate each other, yet they are all in the business together. Perhaps that is the reason why they hate eachother?

Lisbeth Salander is a brilliant character in my opinion. I love her isolated attitude towards people, and how she filters the glances that she gets because of her appearance. Her way of dealing with people is such an enjoyment to read, because she is such a smart woman. pg 173

"Salander spent several days combing the internet. There were plenty to choose from." pg 194

I'm quite glad that Salander found out what Bjurman is. Most people never understand how another person works. pg 202

"The message was written in caps over five lines that covered his belly, from his nipples to just above his genitals: I AM A SADISTIC PIG, A PERVERT, AND A RAPIST." pg 209

"I would like for us to remain friends. but I can't deal with a relationship with you. I haven't ever been good at relationships. I'd like it if you would leave me in peace for a while." - Cecilia pg 234

"The man she fell in love with was called Peter Samuelsson. A bright boy. Today he works for ABB. the kind of man I would have been proud to have as my son-in-law if she were my daughter. Harald measured his skull or checked his family tree or something and discovered that he was on quarter Jewish." -Henrik pg 248

"She had never brooded over whether she was straight, gay, or bisexual. She did not give a damn about labels, did not see that it was anyone else's business whom she spent her nights with." pg 260

"Nothing of importance was happening in the world." pg 278

"I've found three other women who were murdered under such similarly strange circumstances and they could have been on Harriet's list."- Mikael pg 299

"Salander was an information junkie with a delinquent child's take on morals and ethics." pg 304

Run Mikael! Don't go into his house, that's his territory you'll be trapped! Lisbeth save him! pg 346

"I've never had a boy in here. I've never touched another man, as a matter of fact...except for my father. That was my duty."- Martin pg 360

I wish I could be as cool and collected as Lisbeth is in such intense situations. It is like she has no emotions but she knows the truth about it all. pg 370

"So you're assuming that Martin had no will of his own and that people become whatever they've been brought up to be." -Salander pg 373

"No you can't ignore our age difference, It's no sort of basis for a lasting relationship." -Mikael pg 401

"Henrik is an old shark. He was selling product and told me what I wanted to hear." -Mikael pg 408

Though we all know it is a wrong thing to do, i feel everybody goes on their first impression of a person, rather than taking the time to get to know them. Poor Lisbeth. pg 435

"She wanted to hear him say that he liked her for who she was. that she was someone special in his world and in his life. She wanted him to give her some gesture of love, not just friendship and companionship. I'm flipping out she thought." pg 464

"The pain was so immediate and so fierce that Lisbeth stopped in mid stride, incapable of movement. Part of her wanted to run after them. She wanted to take the metal sign and use the sharp edge to cleave Berger's head in two. She did nothing as thoughts swirled through her mind. Analyze the consequences." pg 465

"He joined the Swedish National Socialist Freedom League, one of the first Nazi groups in Sweden"- Henrik pg 72


My first career choice was a journalist. It was because of my talent in writing and the suggestions from my teachers. However, when I looked more into it, I found that it was very challenging to get it, and didn't receive as much money as it should. pg 12

The sailing and the mention of the word " wharf" reminds me of the book Kit's Law which I had just read because they lived near the gully and had to sail to Godfather's Cove after Sid's escape. pg 18

The term "friendly banter" reminds me of the time I went to the Scotland. They had different words with similar meanings to ours, and one that I remember clearly was "banter", which means talk. pg 19

Immediately makes me think of Scarface and Al Picino!

"the Arab" makes me think of the antagonist in the movie Unthinkable with Samuel L Jackson. In the movie he is a full blown American citizen that converts into a Muslim and terrorizes America.

Kit named her cat Pirate int he book, which automatically made me think of Johnny Depp's character in Pirates of the Caribbean.

I have a close friend that looks sickly thin like that. She also doesn't have an eating disorder, it's just how she's built.

This passage reminds me of one of the Harry Potter books because of one of the characters, Professor Snape. I remember Harry talking about his nose always being red and turning to purple from his rage.

I hated Pipi Longstocking as a child. Her show was very annoying along with her voice. Her stockings were mismatched and that always bothered me. pg 42

Lisbeth's mother is very much like Kit's mother, but in a different way. They both have mental disorders that cause them to act very differently than most normal characters, and it is interesting to see them communicate. pg 60

My favourite artist in music right now is from Stockholm. He goes by the stage name Avicii and Tim Berg.

This reminded me of the second season finale of my other favourite show Supernatural, because it was titled All Hell Breaks Loose.

This reminds me of the Matrix because of the advanced level of computer technology and the security checks they always run.

Flyleaf Lyrics-Cassie.AZ Lyrics, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2012.

The sick obsession that Henrik has with finding Harriet reminds me of a similar situation in Supernatural. The mother mysteriously dies leaving the 2 boys and the father to find the killer and get revenge.

When Blomkvist mentions how eerily quiet it is on a Friday night in Hedeby, it reminds me of how similar Otterville is, it is like a ghost town every night of the week. pg 114

This situation reminds me of a similar one in the movie Inception. The son of a famous business man feels bad for himself as he doesn't think his father cares for him. He tries to make the business flourish to win his love, but it turns out that the father didn't want that.

Isabella Vanger's description reminds me of Morticia Adams from the famous Adam's family. She seems dark, disturbed, and a person of interest.

I've totally felt like this before on many occasions.If I could, I would have racked up a major body count by now, I hate being that angry and upset over something.

I remember when I beat up a kid in grade six for bullying me. After the fact he never bothered me again. It was rather successful I think.

In Tekken 6, Emilie my favourite character, uses a powerful fight move called femme fatale. It takes a lot of damage out of the other player so I tend to use it often.

There are many people that use cheap cameras to capture important memories, I just don't understand why they don;t purchase a decent camera. It reminds me of all the tourists when I went to Florida. pg 245

Her principles remind me of Kit's laws, and all of the things that Sid said to Kit's mom to make her feel better about killing Shine.


I constantly feel like this. It was like reading my own thoughts that apply to someone else. A strange experience.

Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. New York: Sea Star Books, 2002.

My dad always says things like "stay cool" or "be cool". It sounds funny hearing that from an older man I think.

Puzzle Piece

Blomkvist is going to jail because of "aggravated libel of industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerstrom." pg 15

"The Agency for Industrial Assistance was a project that was backed up by the state and administered by representatives of about a dozen big Swedish firms. In theory, it was an assistance project that built on the principle of offering help for self help."- Lindberg pg 19

"There were too many huge administrative problems in what was left of Poland for a modern packaging industry to function. In practice their factory was shut out by the competition from a similar German Project."- Lindberg pg 22

"The money served as an interest-free loan."- Lindberg pg 23

"Your father is dead I know. Is your mother still alive?"- Henrik pg 67

"Now we come to the real reason I want to hire you. I want you to find out who in the family murdered Harriet, and who has spent almost forty years trying to drive me insane."- Henrik pg 75

Since the oil truck accident happened there was no way that Harriet could escape the island without anybody noticing. So then where did she go? pg 78

"It was no secret that she and I had a special relationship and that I thought of her as my own daughter." -Henrik pg 93

"...she was deemed to be emotionally disturbed and dangerously violent towards her classmates and possibly towards herself." "In short, Lisbeth Salander was anything but easy to handle." pg 127

Henrik's brother Harald hates him because he "married a filthy Jewish whore." He is also is noted as "insane". pg 147

Mikael notices that Harriet is looking at somebody and she is frightened. This might be the person that took her and killed her. pg 236

"Blomkvist supposed that the reason she had dared to start an affair with him was precisely that he was only there for a while. She did not have to be afraid he would change her life in any long term way"- about Cecilia Vanger" pg 245

"You've been in my computer, Froken Salander. You're a fucking hacker." -Mikael pg 259

The numbers that he had mistaken for belonging to a telephone turned out to actually be numbers to verses from the bible. pg 254

Apparently it means "Read the bible-it will provide sufficient knowledge and vouches for the true faith"pg 321

Lisbeth has a photographic memory, allowing her to read things very quickly and remember them pg 334

It was not Cecilia in the window, it was Anita. Martin was the man in the picture that Harriet was looking at. pg 341

This is no historical mystery, Martin is still killing people today. pg 353

Gottfried Vanger was the first murderer,and now Martin is taking his place. pg 354

Harriet is still alive, that is where the flowers came from. pg 385

Harriet killed Gottfried after he continually raped and abused her. She kept him under and waited til he drowned. pg 391

Salander uses special technology to tap into Wennerstroms hard drive, allowing her to see everything he does. pg 414


"Armansky's star researcher was a pale, anorexic young woman who had hair as short as a fuse, a pierced nose and eyebrows. She had a wasp tattoo about an inch long on her neck, a tattooed loop around the biceps of her left arm and another around her left ankle. " pg 33

"Salander was dressed for the day in a black T-shirt with a picture on it of E.T. with fangs, and the words, I am also an alien.She had put on makeup in a colour scheme that indicated she might be colourblind. In other words, she was exceptionally decked out," pg 40

"The she put on black jeans, heavy winter boots, a warm polo shirt, a dark pea jacket and matching knitted gloves, cap and scarf. She took the rings out of her eyebrows and nostril, put on pale pink lipstick, and examined herself in the bathroom mirror." pg 85

"The inside was furnished with planks and consisted of one room with big windows facing the water on either side of the front door. A staircase led to an open sleeping loft at the rear of the cabin that covered half the space," pg 231

"Millennium's offices were arranged in an L shape. the entry was a hall that took up a lot of space without being able to put much use. There were two sofas there, so it was a way of being a reception area. " pg 267

"On the porch lay the half-charred corpse of a cat. the cat's legs and head had been cut off, then the body had been flayed and the guts and stomach removed, flung next to the corpse, which seemed to have been roasted over a fire," pg 315

"Almost three feet of the very bottom shelf was taken up with photography albums," pg 340

"On the left were chains, metal eyelets in the ceiling and floor, a table with leather straps where he could restrain his victims." pg 347

"Salander took three swift strides forward and swung a golf club she had hidden at her side. The iron flew in a wise arc and hit Martin on the collarbone near his shoulder," pg 360

"he was always...rough and violent towards me when we were alone, but this time he crossed the line. He urinated on me. Then he started telling me what he was going to do to me" pg 391

"After an hour she came out wearing black boots, a sand colored shirt and matching blouse, black tights, a waist length jacket and a beret," pg 442

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