Lolita Moral Or Pornography

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Register to read the introduction… He confesses rape murder and ill will and follows by laying charges against himself. The use of this is to disarm reader and the jury of moral scrupulousness acting in defence of the deeds he has committed. Through wit and cunning he tricks the reader into enjoying Humbert's elaborated language and delicate humour almost suggesting forget the rape of the twelve year old and the murder. Humbert ruins one person's life and ends another one's and yet he makes us laugh: He is tragic hero, tragic villain and court jester all at once.

Boyd explains: "Despite his self-castigation, Humbert actually presents himself as a poor sensitive soul, tormented by a love that may seem sordid to an uncomprehending world but in his own case is something uniquely poetic, at the highest pitch romantic intensity. Lolita by contrast seems an essentially vulgar and soulless young girl who is lucky, he almost implies, to be ennobled by such love to be
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The novel cannot be considered as a love story as Lolita does not love Humbert. Even less can it be convicted pornography as sex does not play a major role.

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