SEXUAL ABUSE IN VLADIMIR NABOKOV’S LOLITA: A Psychoanalytic approach to Humbert Humbert’s Sexuality

University essay from Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för språk och litteraturer

Abstract: Through examining Humbert Humbert’s psychological defense mechanisms inVladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, this essay aims to analyze Humbert Humbert’s sexuality throughthe framework of psychoanalytic theory by demonstrating how Humbert Humbert’s abuse isemployed as a psychological defense to process his sexuality. By analyzing his abusiveactions, the results suggest that the reason for Humbert Humbert’s psychological defense iscaused by his fear of abandonment that has been a constant issue throughout the novel, bothphysically and emotionally. This essay shows that the inconsistency of Humbert Humbert’sabusive behavior further indicates his denial and separation of self, contributing to hissexually abusive behavior.

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