Lolita Book Summary and Study Guide

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"What I heard then was te melody of children aplay and nothing but that, and I knew that the hopless thing was not Lolita's absence from my side, but the absence of her voice from that chorus." Humbert Humbert, Lolita 1998. I know that's from the movie, but it sums up the book perfectly.
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Chapter Analysis of Lolita

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   old guy loving young gal Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   wild lover    -   amnesiatic Seduction/coercion/force    -   Yes If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her Children/Pregnancy    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   teacher Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confused    -   blissful    -   angry    -   sensitive    -   childish    -   scared    -   guilty

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   a kid Profession/status:    -   student Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   confident    -   childish    -   wild    -   more bitchy/arrogant    -   demanding    -   blissful


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Midwest Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   40% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   touching of anatomy Focus of story    -   Him How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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