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A Personal Interpretation of Lolita, a Novel by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita is a novel written by the Russian author Vladimir Nabokov in which the main character of the intriguingstory Humbert Humber, has a pedophile attraction towards his twelve years old step daughter. He describes the passion and morbid obsession that he holds towards the girl in a vivid and detailed manner that engages...
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The Consequences of Unsatisfied Psychological Needs in the Novels Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and The Collector by John Fowles
“'It is quite true that man lives by bread alone — when there is no bread. But what happens to man’s desires when there is plenty of bread and when his belly is chronically filled?” – Abraham Maslow. Abraham Maslow explored the motivations people have, and believed that people possess a set of motivational systems aimed tow...
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Vladimir Nabokov's Anti-Freudian Views on Psychology as Portrayed in His Controversial Novel Lolita
            When a taboo work is published, one underlying question always remains: does it have literary merit? It is difficult to apply universal criteria in order to assess whether or not a literary work has value. Some of the authors under fire may defend their writings by emphasizing a certain truth they were trying to...
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Objectification and Male Dominance in Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
For many readers, the immediate emotional reaction to Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita is one of repulsion and recoiling from the explicitly pedophilic sexualization of a 12-year-old girl by the main character HumbertHumbert, from whose perspective the story is told. Most people are, rightfully, disturbed by the idea of inte...
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The Role of the Unreliable and Manipulative Narration in Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita
In Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, the author uses the very nature of his writing style to explore the depraved mind of the protagonist, Humbert Humbert, in a way that both keeps him from cartoon villainy and makes him subtly more horrifying to the reader. Nabokov uses his extensive knowledge of criminal case studies to create a...
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Character Analysis of Humbert Humbert in Lolita, a Book by Vladimir Nabokov
It is easy to despise HumbertHumbert, the chief protagonist/antagonist of Vladimir Nabokov’s piece de resistance,Lolita. A narrator most decry as extremely unreliable, throughout the text HumbertHumbert is at turns a pedophile, murderer, and criminal mastermind. It cannot be denied that Humbert’s ego and questionable state...
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Writing Techniques of Vladimir Nabokov in the Book Pnin
The End "A man is like a novel: until the very last page you don't know how
it will end. Otherwise it wouldn't be worth reading" (Yevgeny Zamayatin).
In life, one starts something in order to find a ending. One starts a game
to finish, starts a movie to find out the ending, and reads a book to find
out the ending, but...
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An Analysis of the Main Characters Lolita and Humbert in Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
1970  In the novel “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov, the standards in the society where the main characters Lolita and Humbert live, are about the same as they are now. The novel is set in the 1940s-1960s when everyone was super close-minded and many things were taboo. Around this time was when you had to believe that everyone...
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The Moral and Ethical Dilemma of Humbert Humbert in Lolita, a Novel by Vladimir Nabokov
In the novel Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, the main character Humbert Humbert develops feelings for his wife’s daughter, Lolita, despite him being an adult and her being a 12 year old girl. Humbert feels that when she exposes frustration with him she brings the situation to a sexual level, even though she is young. I believe...
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A Journey to Loss of Innocence and Self-Discovery in the Literary Works of Vladimir Nabokov and E.B. White
“Perfect Past” is a descriptive piece about Vladimir Nabokov’s journey in his loss of innocence and coming to terms with the passage of time and its implications. “Once More to the Lake” is a descriptive piece about E.B. White bringing his son to a lake in Maine he used to frequent as a child, which turns into a journey of...
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