Gender and Power in Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita

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Lolita Essay
Humbert is a man who is attracted to younger girls which he calls them his nymphets. In his past relationships he had fallen in love with a girl named Annabel Leigh who was also Humbert’s first nymphet. Since then, he has been obsessed with the particular type of girl that Annabel represents. As now Humbert is considered to be in his mid thirty’s and described to be a handsome, good-looking man. Once Humbert lays his eyes on Lolita he has fallen in deep love with her. The only way he could get closer to her was to marry Lolita’s mom Charlotte Haze.

In his relationship with Charlotte he wasn’t content with her. He was only using her to get closer to Lolita. In his time of being married to Charlotte he had been keeping a journal of his deep thoughts about his life, how he loves Lolita, and how he is sexually attracted to her. When Charlotte finds his journal she becomes disgusted and furious by him, which made her go to the mailbox and she got hit by a car that was trying to avoid hitting a dog. That is when Humbert was left with Lolita, which he was most thrilled about. Not having his clingy wife around anymore was a bonus for him. He was the closest person Lolita had to a parent after her mother’s death.

Humbert can’t be described as a good father to Lolita, his issue he had was that he was attracted to her physical features and wanted to do inappropriate things with her. Humbert was also overprotected; he didn’t want Lolita to get close to any boys because he did not want her to fall for anyone, he wanted her for himself. Humbert would also threaten Lolita that he would send her to the orphanage is she told anyone that he had been with her in bed. Lolita also does not play an innocent little 12 year old girl. She would sometimes be the seducer toward Humbert and would make the first moves at times. For example when they were driving Lolita had kissed Humbert first. She also is the one that asked Humbert if he has ever had a sexual intercourse...
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