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Meet Humbert Humbert, Vladimir Nabokov's shocking and astounding pedophilic protagonist.

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Humbert Humbert Taylor Young Meet Humbert Humbert, Vladimir Nabokov's shocking and astounding pedophilic protagonist. He causes the death of his twelve-year-old lover's mother, and then lies about her "injury" in order to kidnap his "nymphet" and journey across the Continental United States. What could be more disturbing? The fact that, in the end, we love H. Humbert! In his book Lolita Nabokov has effectively accomplished the task of writing as his character, allowing Humbert to deepen tremendously and enhance his audience's experience of Humbert's tragic love for Dolores Haze. I find that Humbert is one of the only truly believable literary figures, and that Nabokov's convincing novel is well written because he wrote it as Humbert Humbert. Thus, Mr. Humbert is an entirely believable character that is deepened with the development of his inner monologues and thoughts, his actions, and his pure love for Dolores Haze. As Lolita is written as H. Humbert's memoir, Nabokov has written as his character. One way that this enhances his writing is in the development of his inner monologue. ...read more.

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As stated hitherto, Humbert is detached from reality. He wholly believes that his Lolita truly loves him. Obviously, this is why he kidnaps her. Nabokov displays Humbert as a bit of a romantic, and his overall plan for his and Delores' relationship displays this, he thinks he can sweep her off her feet and carry her off into the wild blue yonder (the West). His romantic qualities prompt his to protect his love. His actions in this category bring him to murder Clare Quilty. This entire scene deepens his character to show how far Humbert will go to protect his Lolita. In his oral death poem to Quilty, Humbert describes himself as Lolita's "wax-browed and dignified protector," (p. 300). Humbert's poem along with the murder of Quilty (killed because he had tried to exploit Delored' body in his child pornography) show that Humbert's mind is clouded and that he is clearly losing his mind. Therefore, Humbert's actions only add to his depth and his character arc.' Humbert's love for Delored Haze is perhaps the most intriguing and well-established idea in the book. ...read more.

Conclusion

He describes this wonderfully in the last section of the poem: ...spitting into [my] flavid toga and at dawn leaving the hog to roll upon his new discomfort the awfulness of love and violets remorse despair while you took a doll to pieces and threw its head away because of all you did because of all I did not you have to die. (p. 300) Humbert is telling Quilty that he killed his relationship with Lolita and that, in turn, Quilty deserves to be killed. In these two examples, Nabokov has already proved that Humbert's is, indeed, true. In fact, this may by "the only convincing love story of our century," (Vanity Fair." Nabokov has created a fully believable and multi-faceted brilliant character. He has developed Humbert by accentuating his inner thoughts, plotting out his actions superbly, and fully exploring Humbert's love for Lolita. The author handles the subject intelligently, brilliantly, writing as Humbert. One of the best-written novels of the century, Nabokov's Lolita is a stunning, provocative, and thought-provoking novel that is, at the same time, a strikingly tragic love story between a lovable pedophile and his twelve-year-old nymphet. ...read more.

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