Lolita Research Paper

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There is a town in Texas called Lolita; and in 1959, its people were enraged and embattled by the publication of “Lolita”, by Vladimir Nabokov. The name of their town now connoted rape, not patriotism, as it was originally named after a patriot’s daughter. But the people of this town decided to wait it out, as they figured the book’s popularity would have to lose steam eventually (Wells). This, of course, is taking a lot longer than anyone expected. The book Lolita, widely considered a classic and one of the best of the 20th century, has transformed into a part of pop culture, though the book itself looses some of its meaning in doing so.
Today, the name Lolita is a noun, one that denotes youthful desirability. The noun Lolita is defined as “a sexually precocious young girl” (Merriam Webster). Some contemporary examples of “Lolitas” are Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Lana Del Ray; all of whom have tried to iconize a childish yet promiscuous look by sucking a lollipop, wearing a frock, or absorbing some other aspect of youth into their look. Pop singer Lana Delray recently came out with a song called “Lolita”, in which she self-identifies with Lolita
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He has a momentary lapse in his normally inflated ego, and realizes that maybe Lolita doesn’t want him as much as he wants her. If this is true, then Dolores Haze is truly a rape victim. Furthermore, Humbert admits that regardless of what he does to Lolita, she will always come back, as “she had absolutely nowhere else to go” (142). Though at the end of the novel, when Lolita runs away from Humbert and marries someone else, it seems like Humbert is a changed man who really truly loves Lolita and misses her, one must also consider that Lolita had a new life that she chose. The fact that Humbert would even attempt to coerce her to give it up and be with him again proves that he was not looking out for her, he wanted to control
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