Lolita

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A Love Story: Or Is It? “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins, my sin, my soul” (Nabokov 9). Quoted from Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita, Humbert Humbert briefly describes his sensibilities towards his love Lolita. I’ve italicized love for the reason that this book is perceived often as not a true American love story but as a pedophile’s lust. The reasoning for the italicization is because I wanted to emphasis on the point that this book offers more than that of a pedophile’s love. Nabokov’s novel does a very good job of creating an interesting yet unorthodoxed plot. What Nabokov might find acceptable in today’s society, some people might find very offensive and disrupting. He does this to grab the reader’s attention;…show more content…
In Schmidt’s passage, in the very last sentence he lists out the importance of these different fields of the pedophile desires and wishes. He has listed them as such: sexuality, relationship and love. I feel like what he’s trying to say is that there are three stages of a pedophile and once they’ve accomplished each level they move onto the other. In relation to Nabokov’s piece, Humbert Humbert quickly cycles thru these levels with Lolita. First it was lust, then he established a relationship with Lo whether age made a difference or not. As the novel progresses the relationship progressively enhanced his love for her. Many critics have analyzed Nabokov’s piece, and have found many different clues that suggest that this book indeed does represent a true American love story with pedophilia left to the side. Now that we’ve categorized Humbert as a pedophile without reasonable doubt, let’s move on to the reasons why this novel should and/or is a “Love Story.” My first example from the text that I thought I could use to relate this story to a “Love Story,” I happened to find within a critique article. Jennifer Green, author of Aesthetic Excuses and Moral Crimes: The Convergence of Morality and Aesthetics in Nabokov’s Lolita, demonstrates how come textual clues can be used to depict whether or not this book is a “Love Story.” Green uses this quote, “In the car on the way to the Enchanted Hunters, Lolita announces “wouldn’t

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