Why is she so messed up?
Did I miss something about “All the Evil”? Granted, what happened to Lisbeth was bad (witnessing the verbal, physical, and emotional abuse of her mother by her father … attempts to kill her father … being strapped & isolated in a psychiatric hospital, not having authority figures listen to her), but other people in the books (for example, the women damaged by the sex trade and Helen V.) had worse things happen to them, and they don’t appear to end up as messed up as Lisbeth. I mean, Helen (do I have the right name?) was raped by her brother and recruited to murder by her father whom she ends up killing, and she still goes on to run a successful business in Australia and doesn’t have the anti-social/vengeful attitude Lisbeth has. I started thinking that there was a tie to the “bad genes” of Zala, but Helen would have had “bad genes” too. I mean, I could understand Lisbeth’s character more if she had experienced rape and torture at a young age, but it seems that Bjurman’s (sp?) attack on her doesn’t really “change” her character that much. Does this make sense?
So, I guess it is more that Lisbeth was already borderline “something” (asperger’s? other?) and then what happened just “set her off” on this more-than-slightly deranged path? Comments welcome.
Posted by Just Wondering … in Minneapolis, MN , 17 July 2010