I was surprised by the way the story ended. The story unraveled in such a way that it almost feels like there was no other way for the story to end. Watching Humbert plea to Lolita for her to return to him once again, to enter that car and drive off with him, to me it felt like that was Humbert last attempt to hold on to the little bit of sanity he had left.
After loosing her, Humbert was being betrayed by his own mind, and that’s when Rita played her roll into the story. Humbert allowed Rita to join him because she was pretty close to being just as messed up as he is, but what surprised me is that he didnt described her as repulsive as i thought he would other than stating “She was so kind, was Rita, such a good sport, that I daresay she would have given herself to any pathetic creature or fallacy and old broken tree or bereaved porcupine, out of sheer chumminess and compassion”.(258)
I disagree with Humbert when he states that “This book is about Lolita”(253) after reading the ending I would of chosen the title for this book to be ‘The Confessions of a White Widowed Male’. My reasons being because Humbert Does not portray Lolita as the love of his life but more like an infatuation between a man and a child. The poem in page 256 clarified my opinion and even more when Humbert himself analyses his poem and reflects in saying that it is a maniacs masterpiece(257)
Lolita to Humbert was indeed a masterpiece, the perfect child to allow him to express his inner monster, his most disturbing desire for little girls to do what he pleased. Humbert couldn’t comprehend why Lolita would ever want to leave his side, because he comforted himself to believe he gave her a good life, he gave her things so everything else didn’t matter, her emotions didn’t matter or what she was feeling with this whole situation.
Lolita’s letter showed me how liberal she really is, how she didn’t let what Humbert did keep her from continuing her life although she did feel the need to run away because she know Humbert would never let her go. The only reason Humbert didn’t fight for her was because Lolita was no longer his nymphet if she were to still be untouched and most of all not pregnant i feel this story would of had a different ending. “My american sweet immortal dead love, for she is dead”(280) The only thing that Humbert could do is kill the man that caused all of this because instead of realizing that it was Lolita herself who wanted to go.
Humbert killing Quilty, although a very sloppy attempt in committing murder was a coward move in my opinion. Quilty was a sick and dying man and from what i saw drifting in and out of consciousness as if he was on a high dose of medication. Humbert needed to put the blame on someone in order to make sense of things but couldn’t come to the conclusion that he had the fault in Lolita leaving his side, because he failed to notice that the years he spent traveling with Lolita not once did he give her a voice, Lolita was mute, we only know how he felt and not how Lolita was processing everything, he forgot the most important part of his little romance adventure, and that was Lolita, and that Lolita was a child. “And it struck me, as my automaton knees went up and down, that i simply did not know a thing about my darling’s mind….”(284)
I enjoyed this book very much. And as Lady of the Jury….my vote is , I find Humbert Humbert GUILTY !!!