Admission of Guilt in “Lolita”

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Literature 123
13 May 2011
Admission of Guilt in "Lolita"
The book Lolita is an exercise on the part of the narrator to propound an admission of guilt on the part of the main character. The story starts out by introducing how
Humbert
Humbert
"had died in legal captivity, of coronary thrombosis, on November 16, 1952, a few days before his trial was scheduled to start" (Nabokov 3). This ominous beginning to the book signals that the specter of death and admission is a resounding component weighing on the mind of the reader. This approach prepares the reader to accept that the tale was probably going to be full of melancholy.
Of particular note in this relation of the death of
Humbert
,...
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.....ercourse was obtained by a more broadbased methodology of artifice. At the same time, it is the subjective nature of what might constitute artifice which makes the actions of
Humbert
so contentious.
Humbert
truly had problems on a number of levels. He not only lied to Charlotte, and later to Lolita, but he ultimately lied to himself.
Humbert
knew that his actions were wrong, but he failed to truly stand up and stop himself. His admission of guilt was his actual attempt to somehow “atone” for his sins. Thus, the book actually is based on an admission of guilt as an almost therapeutic exercise by
Humbert
to somehow pay the penalty for his deviant thoughts and actions.
Works Cited
Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita. New York: Random House, 1997. Print.