For many of the classics that have left an abiding mark on me, the one which I’m still truly intrigued by has to be the novel turned movie, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. This story takes a frightening leap into the forbidden world of desires and the sins of flesh. The character of the 12-year-old, Dolores Haze, privately nicknamed Lolita by the British professor Humbert Humbert, almost seems to strike as a dream sequence with an unnerving reality to its realization. Being more of the conniving professor’s creature of eroticism and carnality, Lolita riddles between the most raw and perpetual craze of a man driven by unconsummated love desires.
Surged by the premature death of Humbert’s darling of early days, Annabel Leigh, his passions leapt over the barrier of desperation with the very sight of Lolita. His fixation with nymphets takes an obsessive bearing on both of their lives in a devastating fashion. It may come across as the proper culmination of an unhealthy, obnoxious relationship between a corrupt child and a weak adult, but it surely calls for a deeper approach to understand the mindful of these deluded and fanciful infatuations.
It is interesting to note that the series of events that led to the fall of both the characters are sourly pressed by their own consent and involvement in such an illicit alliance. Although young in thoughts and feelings, Lolita’s carefree temperament did show signs of a grimly time ahead. The exploitation by Humbert on Lolita did go hand in hand with the exploitation by Lolita on Humbert which held an impending glance on their doomed end since the initiation of this untold liaison.