“Lolita” leaving her alone in the world has

          “Lolita” is a novel written in 1955 by Vladimir Nabokov, a Russian
American novelist. It has a controversial subject-the protagonist, who is also
the narrator, a literature professor called Humbert Humbert, is obsessed with a
twelve years old girl, Dolores Haze-his stepdaughter, and eventually becomes
sexually involved with her. “Lolita” quickly gained a classic status. The novel
was adapted into a film by Stanley Kubrick in 1962, and again in 1997 by Adrian
Lyne.

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.

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              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
university and 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.

              Compared to the
book Lolita’s character undergoes significant changes in terms of both
personality and appearance. Much of the significance and plot is lost in the
movie. In terms of comparison the similarities between the book and the movie
are the characters names, some events are vaguely alike and the plot has
similarities with the original one.

  But the “Lolita” that Vladimir
Nabokov wrote as a novel and the “Lolita” he wrote to be a film,
directed by Stanley Kubrick are two prominently different parts.

             In the first place, the character
of Lolita is not a child in the movie. Lolita is twelve in the novel and
fourteen years old in the film played by an actress, Sue Lyon-a new-comer, who
was sixteen. For an American audience 13 is the age in which a girl begins to
become a woman. A twelve year old is too young to associate sexual thoughts
with and certainly would not have been accepted by audience of the 1960. With
this distinction we can say she is definitely not a “nymphet.”

 Immediately,
this eliminates the perverted desire factor that is in the book and makes the
hero passion more normal and easier to understand. Also the drama is more in
agreement with others we have seen. Older men have often pined for younger
females. There is nothing new on the screen. Since the censors would not allow anything
close to a suggestion of pedophilia, Lolita’s age has to be increased from
twelve in the original novel to fourteen for the film.

The age difference was just a useful
tool to make the audience feel more comfortable about watching an older man looking
and seducing a young girl. In the novel, there are several situations where Lolita
is a child. There are, of course, many other situations where is it clear that
Lolita is flirting and teasing Humbert. While Nabokov’s Lolita is fully aware
of her sexual power over man, Kubrik’s Lolita is a brat and not conscious
enough to fully use her “nymphet” skills.

               Another difference we can
identify between the movie and the book is the way in which Lolita is
portrayed. In the book Humbert described Lolita wearing oversized and messy
clothing. Only after Charlotte’s death 
Humbert took Lolita from the camp and dressed her in more feminine
clothing. In the movie, Lolita wears dresses and more feminine clothes in the
beginning plot. In this way,Stanley was trying to make Lolita appear more
alluring. He was trying to present her in a more attractive way than Nabokov
did.

As for Lolita,Vladimir Nabokov and
Stanley Kubrick are completely opposed. Nabokov is poetic with words while
Kubrick is blunt with his vision.

 

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