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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Revenge and Retribution

APA The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a poignant and gripping story, based on a widely popular novel from Swedish author Stieg Larsson. There are a number of relevant psychological themes in the film—revenge, trauma, aggression, and trait anger—each discussed by Lauren Seifert in her review of the film. After one protagonist, Lisbeth, is abused and raped, she seeks revenge in a similar manner—surprising, aggressive, and brutal. Seifert cites research in her review that "one of the most important aspects of revenge is the avenger's expectation that the message of retribution will be understood by the other party." Do you agree? In your experience, is this the key psychosocial aspect of revenge? If you viewed this film, is there a parallel process akin to satisfaction that occurs for you as the viewer witnessing Lisbeth get her revenge? What is the meaning behind such occurrences?

Read the Review
ReviewAbsorbing Loathing
By Lauren S. Seifert
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(37)

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