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Every now and again it’s probably healthy to crack open the glass, remove a certain world masterpiece from the display case, and in re-reading it recall that—unlike Ulysses and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, two other novels once deemed obscene by the tribunes of moral upkeep— Lolita is a disgusting book. Furthermore, the day will never come when it is not a disgusting book. By comparison, in fact, it can make Lawrence and Joyce look like a pair of old village bluenoses....
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Released in 1958, in America, ”Lolita has been read by millions and written about by thousands”, as Durantaye said. Many have regarded Lolita as a dangerous piece of fiction, and they have debated its ethical perspective. In my opinion, this novel stands between beauty and repulsion, between reality and disease. These contrasts create a flowing balance. We are presented a middle-aged European who loves literature, who is well-spoken and educated. He seems trustworthy until we face his most intimate desires...
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This research paper deals with the oppression of women at the hands of state government which uses religious ideologies as a tool to exercise its control and authority. The main focus is to analyze the exploitation of religious practices, particularly veil, for political ends that are shown in Reading Lolita in Tehran. Nafisi has delved on the role of women and issues faced by them in the backdrop of war and Islamic Revolution in Iran. The purpose of this research...
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The relationship between Nabokov’s Humbert Humbert (H.H) and Dolores Haze (Lolita) has provoked nothing short of critical outcry due to its taboo and ethically questionable nature. Although Nabokov advised readers to avoid searching for connections between his works and his personal life, the ‘nymphic fixations’ experienced in Nabokov’s previous works, such as Lilith (1938) contributed to the development of a public opinion in regards to his psyche. The psychological lens of literary criticism adopts numerous of Sigmund Freud’s principles from...
2 Pages 1023 Words
Whilst undeniably disturbing, Jeffery Alan Triggs believes the scene in which Humbert masturbates ‘is important in this respect’; Humbert describes how he enters ‘a plane of being where nothing else mattered,’ and Triggs argues that ‘the importance of the scene lies in its suggestion that solipsistic Humbert has no desire or need for a Lolita not of his own creation’ . Nabakov himself was an esteemed lepidopterist – he specialised in butterflies – and the butterfly can often be seen...
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Iinherent sexuality, what is most evident is the manner in which Lolita has been forced to prematurely age sexually. In a character who describes ‘all caresses except kisses on the mouth or the stark act of love either “romantic slosh” or “abnormal”’, a distinct lack of healthy understanding for the ‘stark act’ of sex is evident, thus rendering Dolores vulnerable to exploitation, both by Humbert and by both the modern and contemporary societies receiving her character. In a manner similar...
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