Part object of Humbert’s love, a young woman who

Part II  Adapting the
character

The character of Lolita
from “Lolita”  by Vladimir Nabokov

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“Lolita” is a 1955 novel written by Russian American novelist Vladimir
Nabokov. The novel is notable for its controversial subject: the protagonist
and unreliable narrator—a middle-aged literature professor called Humbert
Humbert—is obsessed with the 12-year-old Dolores Haze, with whom he becomes
sexually involved after he becomes her stepfather. “Lolita” is his
private nickname for Dolores. The novel was originally written in English and
first published in Paris in 1955 by Olympia Press. Later it was translated into
Russian by Nabokov himself and published in New York City in 1967 by Phaedra
Publishers.Lolita quickly attained a classic status. The novel was adapted into
a film by Stanley Kubrick in 1962, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne. 1 

Because the novel is a first person narrative we are given little information about what Lolita is like a person, that she was in fact silent because she was not the narrator of the book. Lolita is the object of Humbert’s love, a young woman who describes the seductive qualities of the nymph. Although she seems to like Humbert at first, in time, she gets irritated and defies his authority. Beautiful, it is also vulgar, crude, and attached to folk culture. Humbert portrays Lolita at the beginning of the novel as a 12-year-old, lively, innocent, vulnerable girl because she was neglected by her mother. He characterizes her as intelligent and vicious, trying to attract attention in her own way.              In the book Lolita has the terrible task of playing so many roles and not only her very young age and lack of relative experience are a hindrance, her mother’s unexpected death leaving her alone in the world  has a wild blow. In the light of what is forced to pass, she should be given great marks for her performance. Lolita’s suffering is intense and real, but is largely hidden under Humbert’s endless motivation. Lolita, of course, must juggle with many roles: the average American preadolescence unrequited by universityand strongly interested in movie stars, clothes and food. This is her surface role, the one who, under normal circumstances she should have been allowed to follow it exclusively. Other roles imposed to her are the bored prostitute and helpless, despairing child.