The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest Essay

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Places can hold an abundance of information on people. Personal touches, necessary functional pieces, and extraneous objects can reveal characteristics of the plot or people that were kept under lock and key. This is present in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson as Lisbeth Salander is taken to court for assorted crimes that threaten a secret government organization. It is also abundantly clear in A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman with the features of Ove’s house and his interactions in a hospital. Various plot and character evidences can be extrapolated from the dealings of Salander in court, and Ove in his own living room and local hospital. Stieg Larsson’s novel finds Lisbeth Salander being tried for sixteen charges…show more content…
Again the room is quite barren, but there are more personal touches to it than the area of the trial in Larsson’s book. The living room is rectangular and average sized, no uniqueness in that regard. There is a window that overlooks his shed and has a picture of his wife in the sill. Also appearing is a view to the hooks sitting by the front door. These hold the single coat of Ove and the multiple jackets of his wife, Sonja, despite the fact that she has been dead for six months. This factor contributes to another facet of the room: a hook stuck into the exact center of the ceiling: “He measures from each of the four corners – twice, to be on the safe side – and marks the center of the ceiling with a cross” (Backman 56). He is distraught over the death of his wife and the loss of his job the prior day, so he decides suicide is the way to go. The hook reveals his intentions to hang himself, one of the greatest displays of his nature. The precision of the mark indicates his neatness and covets for all to be even as well. This is evident in his compulsive need to yank at doors three times to make sure they are locked, though this is far from OCD. These examples provide evidence that Ove’s living room says more about him than may meet the

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