Taboo Themes In Lolita

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Considered a fascinating mixture of both abominable moral dimensions and a creation full of wonder, Lolita depicts in great depth and detail a story of travesty and hiding, a story of deranged criminality which takes the form of the soul wrenching confession of a pedophile, of a mad man and of a wretched soul of an artist. Through Humbert Humbert’s memoir of pain and despair, so morally tainted and predatory in its nature, Nabokov skillfully fosters and transforms the taboo theme of a pedophiliac attraction into the complex mirage of an ultimate passion with its most virile, enchanting fruits of temptation, allure, sin and obsession. This most horrific scene is morphed and distorted through its distinctive patterns and esthetically pleasing…show more content…
Can one really trust this linguistic magician, who all too subjectively –drafts out in a contradictory fashion – a story in which the seductress is merely but a child –who as he explains has willingly given herself to him only to later turn away in a cruel and disgusted matter-while he “the lumbering brute”*, the sympathetic powerless victim aches painfully under her selfish abuse? In it crucial that the reader does not turn a blind eye to this crucial statement-in order to fully understand not only the true monster of this modern fiction, but also the true essence of the novel itself. A scholar, aesthete and romantic-Humbert Humbert is a trained and skillful manipulator-and this memoir is especially crafted in order to gain from it’s reader a somewhat intimate understanding-while indiscreetly exposing the vile truth of his character through a charming, puzzling and self-mocking tone. His errors, his faults, his vices (some openly discussed while others faintly hinted or glimpsed upon-between the gaps of his aesthetic mask) are overlapped, justified and explained through and by his “crippiling” insanity and mental breakdowns-therefor despite it all, despite all struggles- he is in no control of his fate and cannot be held responsible for his obsession, for his murderous ways. Such is the furtive reality Humbert’s
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