Discuss the role of marriage in the novel. What purpose does marriage serve in the text, and how is it viewed by the characters?

Salander often articulates her belief that others should be held accountable for their actions, regardless of their past experiences or motivations. In what ways does the novel demonstrate that her belief is accurate?

What attitude does the novel take towards violence against women?

In what ways might this be a feminist novel?

What role does Salander’s social status play in her narrative? In what ways does her lack of social influence affect the way others treat her?

Compare and contrast Martin Vanger with Nils Bjurman. How do these men differ in their treatment of women and their motivations for such treatment?

Discuss Blomkvist’s family life in the novel. How do his responses to his family, or lack of them, demonstrate aspects of his character?