Analysis Of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita

Good Essays
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, born in St. Petersburg, Russia on 22 April 1899, was a Russian-American novelist who was also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin. Nabokov originally began writing in Russian and wrote his first nine novels in Russian. However, Nabokov achieved international prominence after he started writing in English. Vladimir's finest novel Lolita is also considered his most controversial work because of the criticism it received due to its deep and warped erotic theme. Lolita is also considered as Nabokov's best work in English.
As a child, Vladimir Nabokov was quite gifted. Born to Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov and Helene Rukavishnikov Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was one of five children in a wealthy family.
…show more content…
Nabokov's Lolita is one among other novels that tackle issues such as corruption in society, sexual taboos and censorship as the 1950 America saw an anti-materialism movement in literature. The similarity in the subtle elements justify Lolita as an American novel but the exquisite vocabulary, elegant but brutal fantasies and uncensored truth makes it one of a…show more content…
Vladimir Nabokov didn't intent to write Lolita as a purist because concentrating on a single genre would make the novel obvious and the complex vocabulary of the narrator pointless.
Lolita itself makes a journey through different genres which surprisingly favors the reader's interest. The novel makes a significant transition in terms of genre the instant the reader associates it with a generic category. Including the ongoing satire throughout the story, there are many elements that reveal the mixed genre of Lolita.
The utopian idea of romance draws the attention of the reader at the beginning but the surprise of the brutal truth behind the plot . The detective genre, erotic genre, tragedy genre etc. come into play as soon as the characters become self-aware, in this case, Humbert's Paranoia.
The Allusions only further this characteristic of the novel and perhaps makes it even more rich in literary culture and as discussed America is one of the most prominent symbols in Lolita mostly because, here, America is more of an allegory than a
Get Access