Essay Lolita ' : An Issue Of Legality And Morality

1933 Words Dec 1st, 2016 8 Pages
Have you ever wondered why some people find pleasure through abnormal means? Typically, people find pleasure within people of the opposite sex (though this has changed over time) and within people of a similar age to themselves. In the novel “Lolita” what Humbert Humbert, the main character, enjoys isn’t an issue of finding a partner of the opposite sex. For him the question of his ideal pleasure is an issue of legality and morality. He delights in finding pleasure in the arms of young girls, but not just any young girl will do. In “Lolita” Humbert Humbert provides a description of the girls which attract him: “Now I will introduce the following idea. Between the age limits of nine and fourteen there occur maidens who, to certain bewitched travelers, twice or many times older than they, reveal their true nature which is not human, but nymphic (that is, demonic); and these chosen creatures I propose to designate as ‘nymphets’” (16). He describes these girls to the reader and explains that it is absurd to assume that all girls between this age limit would qualify as nymphets. To meet his standards and be a nymphet the girls must possess certain characteristics: “mysterious characteristics, the fey grace, the elusive, shifty, soul-shattering, insidious charm that separates the nymphet from such coevals of hers as are incomparably more dependent on the spiritual world of synchronous phenomena than on that intangible island of entranced time where Lolita plays…

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