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A Pedophile's Transgressions in Lolita, a Tragic Novel by Vladimir Nabokov
Analysis of Lolita Considering Aristotle and Hume “Oh, my Lolita, I have only words to play with!” transcribed a condemned Humbert Humbert, protagonist of Vladimir Nabokov’s scandalous tragedy Lolita (Nabokov, Lolita 32). The novel details a pedophile’s many transgressions with an aesthetically pleasing prose; Humbert poet...
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Pale Faith in Life After Death in Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Pale Faith: An Essay on Pale Fire Philosophically, the very nature of death has puzzled even the greatest philosophers since the time of humanity’s humble beginning. While some may argue that once an individual dies, it is lights out, no encore, that’s all she wrote, and the nothingness consumes everything for all eternity...
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The Use of Psychoanalytic Theory of Personality on the Character of Humbert Humbert in Lolita, a Novel by Vladimir Nabokov
A Psychoanalysis of Humbert Humbert’s Personality and Behavior. Sigmund Freud developed a theory called the Psychoanalytic Theory of Personality; it argues that one’s behavior is a result from an interaction of three mind structure that are the id, the ego, and the superego. David Myers says in his recent book Exploring Ps...
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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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