Lolita utilizes the narrative perspective of the protagonist, Humbert Humbert, who explains the story of a thirty seven year old man and a twelve-year-old girl in a complicated relationship. The story involves an European intellectual Humbert Humbert on a journey around the United States in search of his love, Lolita, who later runs away in order to marry another. The subtlety of love in this novel is disguised behind what is considered one of society 's most unacceptable obsessions: paedophilia. This deviant obsession is the primary reason many consider the novel to be ‘offensive, horrifying, and disgusting.’ (Risha DeGamia/Sarah Yoo). The aberrant plot established by Nabokov grabs attention of readers and forces them to explore what can be considered the ‘other side’ of this novel, in order to have an understanding and a new found appreciation for the classic love story.
“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.” (Nabokov 9). Vladimir Nabokov’s language in Lolita displays the enchanting power of language in its most innate form. In the classic dark love story of Humbert Humbert, the pedophile, and Dolores Haze, the naïve child, Nabokov 's choice in syntax encapsulates the audience’s attention from line to line, readers only hoping to understand the complexity of a character such as Humbert Humbert. The usage of literary devices aid in building Humbert Humbert’s character in Lolita as his thought process and narrative exposes itself through poetic diction.
Vladimir Nabokov was a noted novelist of experimentalism in the 20th century. His representative work Lolita has entered in a list of classics of modern literature and has been regarded as one of the greatest works of the 20th century. The novel Lolita is made up of layers of doublings, created by the author Nabokov and fictional author Humbert. It is Humbert who crafts the story of Quilty’s abduction of Lolita using the genre of the literary double tale, both Humbert’s and Nabokov’s doublings parody that genre, one whose unresolvable ambiguity creates the instability of the novel’s plot and of the narration itself. Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg on April 23,1899.
It became a potential threat and menace not so much because of what it said but how it said it, the attitude it took towards life and fiction.” Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books is a book by Iranian author and Professor Azar Nafisi. The book is an eloquent brief on the transformative powers of fiction -- on the refuge from ideology that art can offer to those living under tyranny, and art's affirmative and subversive faith in the voice of the individual. The book is a memoir which chronicles the experiences of author from the year 1978 to 1997, when she returned to Iran during the revolution (1978-1981) and lived and taught in the Islamic Republic of Iran until her departure in 1997. It narrates her teaching at the University of Tehran after 1979, her refusal to submit to the rule to wear the veil and her subsequent expulsion from the university, life during the Iran-Iraq war, her return to teaching at the University of Allameh Tabatabei (1981), her resignation (1987), the formation of her private reading classes (1995–97), and her decision to
Furthermore, Vladimir Nabokov effectively uses naming as a literary device in Lolita through characterization and stylistic devices. Nabokov’s attention to detail in a character’s name reveals traits about that specific character. The name Lolita implies a sense of cuteness and endearment based on its literal translation and connection to the character. It is through these functions that naming acts as a key tool of characterization and provides further insight into analyzing each character. Lolita opens with a foreword by the fictional Dr. Ray, and is presented as a confessional for a murder written by the protagonist, Humbert Humbert.
I have chosen the film Lolita as it is one of my favourites but also because every scene is eye catching and you can tell that thought has been put into all the little details yet everything is subtle. The particular scene I have chosen to analyse is the scene where Humbert sees Lolita for the first time. I think with regards to cinematography, lighting and miss-en-scene this scene has the most to write about. In the scene Charlotte, Lolitas mother, is showing Humbert around the house as he has just moved in. The scene starts with an establishing shot of the garden where at first you can just see a huge tree and a hint of the house.
That said, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev are two of the leading composers in the 19th century. Which one has influence today’s music more? Tchaikovsky was born May 7 1840 and died November 6 1893. He was born in Russia but lived all over the world during his lifetime. He went on many tours.
One of the Gothic novel iconic characteristics lies in the disturbing return of the past menacing the present, usually literally expressed as family secrets and ghosts, for example. Here, we can find a parallel with the hauntings of later detective fiction narratives, in which some crime from the past threatens the social order in the present. Fred Botting (1996) says that while the Gothic novel, in its fascination with murder and intrigue, and in its presentation of diabolical deeds, seems to celebrate criminal behaviour, the horror associated with such transgressions becomes a powerful means to reinforce the values of society and virtue. In the Gothic novel the threat to the social order comes from a pre-Enlightenment past associated with
Throughout literary history, writers have often utilized literature to express their opinions about the positive and negative traits of the world and society they live in. Literature as a form of protest against an existing regime can be recognized by several key characteristics, such as irony, direct or implied criticism of this regime’s ideology and characters or events with relevant real-life counterparts. Mikhail Bulgakov’s “Master and Margarita”, written during the 1930s Stalinist regime in Soviet Union, contains several of these identifiers, which are woven through all three main storylines and unify them in the overarching motif of protest. First published only in 1967 due to its controversial and politically undesirable themes, the work relates its author’s satirical view of life under the communist regime. Thus, by investigating the
Entering the world of literature during the 19th century, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground grants the world a realist piece of writing that opens the minds of its readers even to this day. Setting itself up as a diary for a bitter and isolated man, who remains unidentified, this novella translates to depict the true essence of the “superfluous man.” This concept, highly regarded at the time in Russia, makes its way into the story and Dostoyevsky does an exemplary job incorporating it. Furthermore, he manipulates the concept to his advantage and to express his disagreement with the movement to Westernize Russia. This piece of literature begins with the narrator, dubbed the Underground man, describing himself and his life. The