Lolita Quotes

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Major Characters
Humbert Humbert is the narrator and protagonist of the novel, and he is a European scholar who is overly attracted to nymphets. This obsession stems from meeting Annabel in Europe, as Humbert is traumatized after his childhood love’s life is cut short. He is a handsome man who is capable of writing in beautiful prose to his audience.
Early on in the novel, Lolita seems to be attracted to Humbert, even occasionally competing with her mother for his love. Over time, she becomes irritated by Humbert’s demands, and she begins to be more flirtatious and crude, especially around other children her age. She eventually runs away with Clare Quilty, but after refusing to participate in child pornography, she is abandoned by him.
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In this passage, Humbert demonstrates his writing prowess, adding a fairytale-like description to the setting of this encounter with his childhood love, Annabel. It also shows how important Humbert’s experiences with Annabel were to developing his affection for nymphets, and eventually his relationship with Lolita.
“I knew I had fallen in love with Lolita forever; but I also knew she would not be forever Lolita,” (65). Here, Humbert introduces his lust for Lolita to his audience, which sets up Humbert’s motivation for virtually all future actions of his. He loves that Lolita is the embodiment of his perfect nymphet, but he also knows that she will not be a nymphet forever.
“Lolita, when she chose, could be a most exasperating brat … came with every meal we had!” (148). Here, instead of marvelling about Lolita, Humbert shows signs of being fed up with Lolita’s behavior. This is one of the earliest signs of Lolita’s growth out of being a nymphet, and it foreshadows further conflict between the
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Blindly driven by his lust for Lolita, he uses any set of words in order to defend his actions. For example, he claims that Lolita is the one that came onto him and that she had complete control in their relationship. However, in truth, Humbert is the adult who restricts Lolita’s money and freedom. It is only at the end of the novel in which Humbert finally admits to being the one who stole Lolita’s childhood.
The timeframe in which the novel is set also plays an important role in the novel’s development. Set in post-World War II America, the characters feature in a time when the country is gaining its own identity as a superpower. Because of this, a European chap such as Humbert himself would have a hard time adjusting to the confident, more outspoken American people. The fact that Humbert comes from a different culture is the main reason why Charlotte is attracted to him. Her love for his sophistication makes her oblivious to the fact that Humbert is in a sexual relationship with her
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