Lolita Analysis

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Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita was first published in France 1955, after being rejected by four publishers whom feared they would be incarcerated. However, it’s understandable why the story of a young pubescent girl, being groomed by her paedophilic step-father and then engaging in a sexual relationship whilst embarking on a journey across America, didn’t sit well with many people, therefore was then banned from 1956-1959, for its ‘’obscenity ’’ and ‘’pornographic’’ content in France, United Kingdom, Argentina, South Africa, USA and New Zealand. The book has also been described as “highbrow pornography” and “absolutely disgusting” . But why is the book deemed so obscene and disgusting?
Instead of using the book as a moral compass and convicting and condemning the deep rooted corruption that lurks within Humbert Humbert as a paedophile, the reader is ‘’assaulted and softened by the power of appeal ”. In other words, the reader is strangely and obscenely seduced to identify and indulge in their own desires, but by no means specifically perversion, to then cloud the reader’s judgement of whether Humbert is guilty or not. Surely for the reader to then condemn him, they would be condemning themselves too? Nabokov himself states that “I[he] is neither a writer or a reader of didactic fiction. Lolita has no moral tow… fiction affords me to enter... aesthetic bliss” . The power of appeal is where the true obscenity lies; between the reader and the narrator of Humbert. Regardless of
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