Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Re: Lolita the demon
I also feel like a lot of the disturbing things that happened in Lolita were just as much Lo's fault as H.H.'s. Humbert even states that the first time he had Lolita it was she who seduced him. I can't find the exact quote at the moment, but the first time I fully considered what was happening as rape, as opposed to just an extremely bizarre relationship, was when Lolita was asking about the name of the hotel where they had sex and she says something like, "You know, where you raped me." Of course Humbert mentions that Lolita cries at night and that she obviously finds him repulsive for the most part, but at the same time his graceful narration makes it all seem like a love affair with two participants.