Obsession In Lolita

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Lolita, is framed like a love story, and intentionally so by our narrator, Humbert Humbert, and in a way, that is true, H.H., seems hopelessly obsessed with the titular character. However, during the early parts, it comes across more as obsession. H.H. almost seems to look for Dolores Haze to act the way that he perceives her, and is in love with this elaborately forced fabrication. In part 2, this fabrication then seems to fall apart, up until the end. Where he sees her, not as Lolita, but as Dolly Schiller, while showing something that could be considered love. Which would make it a love story. The first part of his obsession begins long before H.H. is old enough for the obsession to be unnatural. In his childhood, on the ninth page, he describes the looks of his dear Annabel Lee. “I see Annabel in such general terms as: ‘honey-colored skin, thin arms,’ ‘brown bobbed hair,’ ‘long lashes,’ ‘big bright mouth’),” firstly, perhaps the most telling sign is the seeing her in such general terms. When he later describes the traits and properties of nymphets, it even still confirms the general terms…show more content…
Rather than obsession, then he is by all accounts, in love with Dolores. He’s obsessed with her beyond what is healthy, and even when she’s no longer his Lolita, and instead someone else’s Dolores Schiller. He’s still obsessed enough to kill the person that took her away. Obsessed enough to have written an entire book involving her in what was perhaps, a short time. As well as obsessed enough to write “Lolita, Lolita, Lolita, Lolita, Lolita, Lolita, Lolita, Lolita, Lolita. Repeat till the page is full, printer.” Which comes across as quite pitiful, he cannot live without Lolita, and is even obsessed with immortalizing her. “And this is the only immortality you and I may share, my Lolita.” By this standard, he is a paragon of romantic love if we accept that. What every relationship should aspire to be

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