Essay on Vladimir Nabokov: Unattainable Love in Lolita

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Unattainable love in Lolita Nowadays, everyone in our society is out to find their one and only true love. Some may find their true love in high school; some may find their true love when they are elderly, but there will always be someone out there for everyone, it just takes some effort. Today, we see true love on television shows, in movies, and in books. For example, Romeo and Juliet, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, and Jack and Rose from “Titanic”. Love is never easy; it takes time, compromising, and devotion. In the novel, the protagonist, Humbert Humbert, is blindsided by his obsession with Lolita. The love he has for Lolita is purely an infatuation and will not last. Humbert Humbert believes that he truly loves this young girl and…show more content…
She takes advantage of Humbert when she knows she shouldn’t. Humbert fails to realize that Lolita is not as innocent and pure as she seems. Lolita responding to Humbert’s feelings for her makes Humbert want more. In result, Jong states, “Humbert has become a man maddened by an impossible love, the impossible love for an impossible object” (Jong 367). This love can never and will never happen. Lolita is far too young and naïve and Humbert is too jaded and blindsided by this nymphet. Humbert’s obsession progressively grew throughout the novel. The more Lolita played with Humbert’s emotions, the more Humbert desired Lolita. In the novel, Vladimir Nabokov says, “In my twenties early thirties, I did not understand my throes quite so clearly. While my body knew what it craved for my mind rejected my body’s plea” (Nabokov 67). Humbert Humbert knows his obsession with Lolita is wrong. If this was true love, Humbert Humbert’s body would not reject the desire for this young girl. Overall, Humbert Humbert develops a strong obsession, not love, for Lolita. Lolita, being so young, is not capable of knowing what real love is with another human being. Humbert Humbert’s obsession with the child makes him overlook the reality of the situation that’s in front of him. Richard Bullock states, “Lolita becomes the objects of all of Humbert’s fantasies, and she in turns cooperates to a remarkable degree” (Bullock 359). To Lolita, Humbert is a game. She plays with

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