Humbert Obsession In Lolita

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"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta." These are the opening lines of the classic love story. In 1958, Vladimir Nabokov introduced Humbert Humbert and Dolores Haze, both of whom are still considered the most unrelenting characters in literature. 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. Brilliant literature involves twists in the plot and ideas that evoke excitement amongst readers. This is also the case with Nabokov’s Lolita, where Humbert is established as a paedophile. This is disclosed to
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