Petersburg, Russia, on April 23,into a family with a long history of public service and scholarship. After the Russian Revolution ofNabokov and his family went into exile in England. He embarked upon a literary career, writing primarily in Russian. InNabokov married Vera Slonim, and in their only child, Dmitri, was born.
In it, Ray writes that he's presenting the details of a memoir entitled The Confession of a White Widowed Male written by a literary scholar of mixed European ethnicity who died recently in an American jail of heart disease while awaiting his murder trial.
The memoir's author uses the pseudonym Humbert Humbert to refer to himself in the manuscript. Humbert begins the memoir with his Parisian childhood and ends it with his incarceration.
The story is told entirely from Humbert's perspective. Ray says he received the memoir from Humbert's lawyer, C. Clark, and adds that he Ray has changed the names of the people mentioned in it to protect their identities except for one: Ray notes that Lolita died in while giving birth to a stillborn girl on Christmas Day while married to Richard Schiller, presumably the father of her child.
After losing his mother at a young age, Humbert has a rich childhood living in his wealthy father's hotel. At the age of 13 Humbert has a precocious relationship with a girl his age, Annabel Leigh, but her family moves away before they get the chance to have full sex.
Annabel dies shortly thereafter of typhus. Following this, Humbert finds he has a hebephilic fixation with certain girls ages 9 to 14 which he identifies as nymphetsciting his encounter with Annabel as the cause.
Humbert visits many prostitutes as a young adult but is unsatisfied unless they resemble a nymphet. He eventually marries a Polish woman named Valeria to allay suspicion of his hebephilia.
Humbert plans on migrating to America and leaving her after several years of marriage, only for the marriage to dissolve anyway after she admits to having an affair.
Later, Humbert suffers a mental breakdown and recovers in a psychiatric hospital. Upon his release, he moves to the United States to write, living off an allowance left by a wealthy uncle in return for writing perfume adverts.
After a year attached to an arctic expedition, the only time in his life he claims to have been free of his tortured yearning, Humbert suffers another mental breakdown, and learns to manipulate psychiatrists while he recovers. Relieved of his perfume duties while still entitled to the allowance, Humbert plans to move to South America to take advantage of looser laws concerning the age of consent.
However he's offered to board and lodge with the McCoo family, living in the fictional New England town of Ramsdale, and he accepts purely because they have a 12 year-old daughter whom he plans to spy on.
Upon his arrival he discovers that their house has burned down; Charlotte Haze, a wealthy Ramsdale widow, offers to accommodate him instead and Humbert visits her residence out of politeness.
He initially plans to decline Charlotte's offer but agrees to rent when he sees her year-old daughter, Dolores, whom Charlotte calls Lo. Charlotte and Dolores have a poisonous relationship and frequently argue, while Humbert finds himself growing infatuated with Dolores and privately nicknames her Lolita.
Over the course of a single month Humbert's entire life comes to revolve around masturbating to Lolita. He starts a diary in which he records his obsessive fantasies about Dolores, while also expressing his loathing for Charlotte whom he sees as an obstacle to his passion.
One Sunday morning, while Charlotte is out of the house, Dolores and Humbert engage in a somewhat flirtatious interaction, ending with Lolita sitting on Humbert's knee.
Humbert uses the interaction to bring himself to ejaculate, which Dolores does not apparently notice. Charlotte decides to send Dolores to summer camp, where she will stay for three weeks. On the day of leaving, Lolita runs back upstairs and kisses Humbert on the lips, before returning to the car.
The housemaid gives Humbert a letter from Charlotte shortly thereafter, in which she confesses that she has fallen in love with him.
She adds that if he doesn't love her back he must move out immediately.Unlike most editing & proofreading services, we edit for everything: grammar, spelling, punctuation, idea flow, sentence structure, & more. Get started now!
Transcript of The use of French in Lolita. The use of French in Lolita Why is French used in Lolita? - Romanticism - Manipulation - Self description-Sarcasm pg -French is considered a romantic language.
HH uses French in the book to cover his relationship with Lolita and call it romantic.
He deceptively uses language in Lolita to mask and make the forbidden divine. Contextually, Lolita may be viewed as a novel about explicit sexual desire. However, it is the illicit desire of a stepfather for his year old stepdaughter. Vladimir Nabokov Lolita Literature Insights General Editor: Charles Moseley HEB ☼ FOR ADVICE ON THE USE OF THIS EBOOK PLEASE SCROLL TO PAGE 2 “there are no verbal obscenities in Lolita, only the low moans of.
In Lolita, words are Humbert's greatest weapon and favorite toy. He is verbally adept and constantly assessing others based upon their ability to use language.
Lolita is a testimony to art itself. Humbert’s narration exemplifies the idea of language as an art form as he uses intricate word play to appeal to an audience. Humbert’s narration exemplifies the idea of language as an art form as he uses intricate word play to appeal to an audience. Lolita might cry into her pillow every night, but during the day she is what, in the heyday of teen stars such as Nastassja Kinski and Tatum O’Neill, many teenage girls dreamed of being (and. The Love Language's song "Lolita" is about lead singer (and band frontrunner) Stuart McLamb's reflections on his problematic and failed relationship with a younger girl; he wrote the song about "Nabokov I was reading Lolita at the time, and I was also dating a girl that was a lot younger than me.
He is verbally adept and constantly assessing others based upon their ability to use language. The Love Language's song "Lolita" is about lead singer (and band frontrunner) Stuart McLamb's reflections on his problematic and failed relationship with a younger girl; he wrote the song about "Nabokov I was reading Lolita at the time, and I was also dating a girl that was a lot younger than me.