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Vladimir Nabokov

Comparative Analysis of the Literary work, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and the Artistic Works of Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, Better Known as Balthus Lolita is written as a memoir in the first person by its main character, Humbert Humbert. This is a story that could be viewed in two very different ways, two very different perspectives. One could look at it as a story of a middle age pedophile as evidenced by the quote “Humbert Humbert is without question an honest-to-God, open-and-shut sexual...

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Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita

The Mastermind Artist and Poet After reading Vladimir Nabokov’s narrative, Lolita, most readers find themselves unwittingly accepting and even sharing the feelings of Humbert Humbert. Of course, the feelings they share are not those of becoming like Humbert but rather absentmindedly pitying and sympathizing with him, which are unusual outcomes felt towards a psychopath. As Mathew Winston, a critic, once stated, the novel “plays a very serious game with the relations between a work of art, the experiences...

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Vladimir Nobokov: The Women in Lolita

Vladimir Nobokov’s protagonist in Lolita portrays women as ingloriously uncouth imps. Humbert regards the women he encounters as inelegant and boorish compared to the nymphets he over which he obsesses, his repugnance towards women such as Mrs. Pratt, Charlotte Haze, and Valeria contrasts from his compassionate yearning for Annabel Leigh or Lolita. In this paper I will argue that Humbert displays such disinterest and aversion of women order to epitomize the division between the youthful innocence...

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Signs and Symbols

Signs and Symbols What made the boy decide not to live anymore? The story “Signs and Symbols” by Vladimir Nabokov discusses the complications of life. After moving to America, escaping Europe during the holocaust, their son is stuck in a hospital where he constantly try’s to “tear a hole in his world and escape” (Nabokov 2) causing his parents to feel its all their fault. The story discusses symbolism, setting, and structure as three major elements. There are certain symbols in the text such...

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Freudian Criticism: Reading Characters' Trauma In Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita & Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

Ian Tsai 00121145 Professor Grace Ma Selected Reading in English & American Novels 20 June 2013 Freudian Criticism: Reading Characters' Trauma In Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita & Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye According to Sigmund Freud, the unconscious of every individual are residual traces of prior stages of psychosexual development, form earliest infancy onward, which have been outgrown, but remain as "fixation" in the unconscious of the adult. When triggered by some later event in...

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An Essay on a Passage from Lolita

reminiscing on these feelings. Such sensations are examined in depth in Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita. The provided passage poignantly addresses this issue. While on its surface it appears to be merely a mellifluously worded memoir, it is actually a cleverly disguised commentary on the desire for the childhood experience. Though this is not immediately obvious, close examination of the diction of the passage reveals the central message. Nabokov includes words that accomplish several things, including evoking...

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"The Metamorphosis" - Kafka : Analyzing the reasons behind Vladimir Nabokov's critique

family is now faced with a lack of money, since Gregor was the only person working, leaving him to feel worthless and like a disappointment as opposed to the importance that he once held. Kafka's tone and overall style according to Russian author Vladimir Nabokov makes The Metamorphosis a "striking contrast to the nightmare of the tale." Enhancing this nightmarish quality of this novella are Kafka's limited third person perspective, a matter-of- fact tone and clear black and white preciseness. Due to...

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Lolita Response Paper

Carleigh Craparo 12.3.12 English Lolita can be described as a controversial book that can draw the readers in and cause them to feel sympathetic towards a man who is a murderer, pedophile, predator, and an egomaniac. The author, Vladimir Nabokov, seduced the readers’ minds’ with numerous elements about Humbert to distract them from his true evil tendencies. Humbert is the main character of Lolita and describes his life story from an American jail cell. He begins to describe his childhood and...

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AP Lit Lolita essay

the reader participates. The novel creates a cycle: Humbert uses words to play games with the characters, and Nabokov uses words to manipulate the reader. In fact, Lolita is an enormous game in itself, and the reader is just an unaware pawn. The game-like qualities throughout Lolita heighten the reader’s interest while concurrently lowering the novel’s overall seriousness. However, Nabokov manages to manipulate the reader in such a way that the reader becomes a part of the game from the very first...

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Lolita: Plot Overview

Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, first written in English and published in 1955 in Paris and 1958 in New York, and later translated by the author into Russian. The book is internationally famous for its innovative style and infamous for its controversial subject: the protagonist and unreliable narrator, middle-aged Humbert Humbert, who becomes obsessed and sexually involved with a 12-year-old girl named Dolores Haze. After its publication, Nabokov's Lolita attained a classic status, becoming...

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