I find the introduction of Rita and Humbert’s description of her to be rather interesting. He seemed to have met Rita in a time of his life where he was very lost, confused and alone. He describes Rita as..”the sweetest, simplest, gentlest, dumbest Rita imaginable.” (259) Having said this I don’t believe Humbert had much respect for her but I do believe that he enjoyed her company. He also implies that Rita is such a kind person that she would offer her friendship to any poor soul, “out of sheer chumminess and compassion.” (258) I think Humbert appreciates her genuine companionship but also looks down upon this. He sees her as a naïve and “easy” person. Rita is a very intriguing character. We learn that she has a drinking problem, has had three husbands, suggests playing the game Russian Roulette to Humbert, Rita gets arrested, accused of stealing. Rita is a very unstable person. Its crazy to me that two mentally unstable human beings are trying to console one another but sometimes you need a shoulder to lean on, even if it attached to a crazy person!
After reading through the last remaining chapter of Lolita, I seemed to have a little sympathy toward Humbert Humbert. The guy seemed sad and depress most of the time, and wanted to find his Lolita. Through reading, it almost felt like a mystery scene, where Humbert would go back to visit the hotels and motels where he and Lolita had visited. ” the clues he left did not establish his identity but they reflected his personality, or at least a certain homogeneous and striking personility”, here we could see that Humbert is going to all if any length to find the “kidnapper” of his beloved nymph. He’s playing the role of a detective, and might have found clues that his the suspect’s personality.
Humberts love for Lolita seems real but the guy is makes it get the better of him. Here at his fist sight of Lolita in years he said ” I could not kill, of course, as some have thought. You see, I loved her. It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight”. Note that he himself knows that the reader understands he would never kill Lolita.. I myself am not too sure whether Humberts really love Lolita or not. From that quote he seems to be revealing some hidden obsessions, and would stop at nothing to keep her happy. She is whats on his mind first and last, he always think of her, even through the reading it is seen.
Humbert seems to understand what he has done, because had made it be know of his own punishment and wanted some that would be appropriate for the horrible crimes he have committed and I respect the guy for that..
After finishing reading the book Humbert ended alone like he should be. All that journey with “his” Lolita comes to end after Lolita disappears and Humbert finds out that she has a husband and is pregnant. All those years that he didn’t hear from Lolita, Humbert suffers a lot because be becomes very lonely. Seeing what Humbert was doing just to find Lolita made me realize that maybe Lolita did mean something to him and not only wanted her for sex. When Humbert meets Rita, I feel that she was just someone he use for his loneliness and so she can keep him company due to fact that he didn’t have Lolita anymore. What surprised me was the fact that Humbert got with Rita even though she was nowhere near a nymphet and that fact that he was obsessed with nymphets in the first section of the book.
After reading Lolita’s letter that she send Humbert it just shows that Lolita all she wants from Humbert is money.I feel that she just manipulating Humbert due to fact she is always asking him for money and she knows that if she asks him he will do it simple fact that he wants her and would do anything for her. Lolita just wants to get money out of him and I’m guessing that now she realizes more of the damage Humbert has cause her for years and that even her mom’s life was taken away where she addresses to Humbert as her “murdered mummy”(286). Humbert confesses that he loves Lolita and I can say that he also cares about her so much and shows it at the end of the book when he tell hers to be true to her husband and hopes that he treats her right or else his spirit will come after him and wishes the best for their baby. He also showed that he cared when he went furiously after Quilty and ended up killing him. He didn’t like fact of the things that Quilty did to Lolita and wanted him to pay for hurting her even though Humbert had already harm her enough before he kidnapped her. I really saw a whole different Humbert at end of this book from the beginning and this Humbert showed the good and caring side that he can be, aside from all the crimes he committed throughout the book and all the harm he caused to the Hazes.
Well I’ll start off at when Humbert was looking crazy for Lolita and then met Rita. (258)Well H.H fell into a depress state then as he travels I found out he did had a interest for Rita a older women. H.H felt for her because of their similar conflicts which seemed she saved him for a little bit until the main scene when his Lolita mailed him. The love for Lolita he had surprised me to the fact he knew she was pregnant but still raced to his car to confront her.
Well after some questing here Humbert finally finds Lolita who was big belly. As he popped the big question Lolita broke down the truth between the events that had happened. The moment when Humbert was rejected as a lover I literally felt for him because he thought it was a two sided love. My reaction to when Lolita brought up this Cue it was too funny to find out Lo was always a curious nymphet but even more that she still loved cue even after he kicked her out after filming adult movies with her. Humbert broke into rage and joy at the same time proves he is still human who can make mistakes.
After quickly analyzing her, Lolita was the splitting image of Charlotte.(275)So much irony in that page yet H.H still loves her dis pike a older image. Humbert then goes through his self actualization when he learned that he will always love Lolita and not do her any harm which most had claimed the readers would expect him to kill Lolita. After saying his final goodbyes then he basically gave Lolita all of the fortune even after all that has happened to live a happy life with dick in Alaska.
Then it became all emotional towards the end with his reflections of all the events leading up to the point his Lolita grew up. So now the big scene for which Humbert tries to make things write again. So H.H finds out the guy who kicked Lolita out of the ranch(note:his name is Clare quilty) then H.H goes hidden action hero on him. The way Humbert wanted Clare to atone for “raping” Lolita had the emotions of a father wanting his daughter to be free of all the evils the world had placed on them. So after all that has happened Humbert went from being a pedophile to a father who wanted his daughter not to live the life of drugs and abuse from a criminal. He will always love Lolita even after death
A difficult book to read, but an amazing book non the less. We finally finished it, and I have to say the ending of the book is not what I expected. Also I must say I wasn’t really surprised that he didn’t kill Lolita.
What confused me about all of Part 2 is that there was always mixed signals from H.H. For example, “For the first time in my life I had as little desire for her as for a manatee”(167). It seemed as though his “real” love for her was fading and slowly but surely the lust that was blurring his vision of the nymphet child was becoming clear “Charlotte, I began to understand you”(149). At this point in time I wasn’t sure in what direction the story was headed to.
What I found interesting also was this Quilty guy which lolita ends up confessing is the guy who as H.H puts “abducted” her from the hospital. From the beginning of the book we learn that H.H resembles a famous “cooner or chap whom Lo has a crush”(43). I know I’m not the only one who thinks this, but how in the heck is this the same guy following them across the country?! Out of the million of weird guys out there that could’ve been following them, it had to be the famous Clare Quilty.
The reason i wasn’t surprised he didnt kill Lolita was because, “I could not kill her, of course as some have thought. You see, I loved her. It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight”(270). He steps out and acknowledges how little we (the readers) actually know about his love towards Lolita if we thought he would have killed her. Seeing as how in class we’re always discussing how “Lolita” is important to the text in that the book begins and ends with “Lolita” helped me understand that H.H would never intentionally hurt Lo, not matter what the circumstances may be.
After I finished the book I have to say I’m left with a lot of mixed emotions. My favorite quote of the book is:
“So as to have him make you live in the minds of later generations. I am thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art. And this is the only immortality you and I may share, My Lolita”
His love is forever immortalized in this novel.
I am disappointed by the end of the book. During the time when Lolita is missing, Humbert affirms that without Lolita, Humbert is losing his little sanity he had left. “I understood my mind was cracking” (255). And that no matter how strong his love is, nothing will change his sick mind about pedophilia “the reader a fool to believe, that the shock of losing Lolita cured me of Pederosis” (257).
In order for Humbert to calm his demons, he uses Rita. “Solitude was corrupting me. I needed company and care. My heart was a hysterical unreliable organ. This is how Rita enters the picture.” (258). It’s funny because, during the description of Rita, Lolita is the first name that appears.
After Lolita re-enters into the book, Humbert ruined my hypothesis, I thought he would kill her and then her kidnaper. Humbert proof me wrong “I could not kill her, of course, as some have thought. You see, I loved hr. it was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” (270). Humbert mental words shattered my mind, “he broke my heart, you merely broke my life” (279) this is what Humbert thinks he’s done to Lolita. The rejection of Lolita to go back in Humbert life, broke havoc in Humbert’s mind, he intended to kill Lolita kidnaper Quilty “I was quite sure I had to go. I had to go, and find him, and destroy him” (280)
I was disenchanted by the way Humbert kills Quilty. I would have preferred to see more mental bloody scenes. I would picked all of the Spanish inquisition tortures to Quilty such as, judas cradle, the rack and my favorite the saw torture (when saw cuts victim in half).
all i got to say is wow. i was for sure Humbert Humbert was going to become a psychotic guy and kill Lolita , like any other movies you see in TV. To let Lolita go and give her the money i feel took a lot of strength and courage to do it. because he was searching for her ever since he felt Lolita was abducted. Now I kind of agreed in the past that Lolita was nothing to him except only someway to relieve his weird agendas with Lolita in a sexual manner. but now from the end of story , i was shocked. i couldn’t imagine Humbert Humbert to let go of Lolita after finding her and hearng her end of the story. but because of that i felt Humbert had truly did loved Lolita. not only because she was a nymphet. if that was the case he would be greatly disturbed by her pregnant body. His sacrifice for her was truly amazing. no one can do that unless they truly love someone.
The road now stretched across open country, and it occurred to me-not by way of protest, not as a symbol, or anything like that ,but merely as a novel experience- that since i had disregarded all laws of humanity, i might as well disregard the rules of traffic(pg 306).” To Humbert Humbert it feels as if Humbert was only living just for Lolita. so now it didn’t matter what he did anymore except that he once loved a girl name Lolita.
“I felt suffocated as he rolled over me. I rolled over him. We rolled over us. They rolled over him.” (299)
I found this specific quote quite interesting. It seems as of HH and Quilty have figuratively become one in this rolling process and it makes you wonder, well how different are the two really. HH has played the “willy wizard” in this novel and Lolita his prey. Yet at one point, Humbert becomes the prey and Quilty the hunter. “The necessity of being constantly on the lookout for the little moustache and open shirt.” (228) states HH. Which makes him feel like the one being chased. And it seems to be that they change positions quite often. HH then being hunting down Quilty. He figures out all the differnt names that Quilty has used to stay in hotels. Once again we see their similarities here. HH plays with words,while Quilty plays with names. And we cant avoid the obvious fact that they are both into younger girls. As where Quilty likes to make sexual tapes of the, Humbert is on the other end actually enjoying the touch and sexual pleasures that they provide. Yet i find it ironic that HH wants to kill Quilty ” because you took advantage of my inner essential innocence, because you cheated me,” (300) as he makes Quilty confess, Yet HH did the same to Lolita. They are both in the wrong doing, not saying they deserve to die, but it why should HH punish Quilty with out punishing himself. Maybe in some sort of way that was HH’s way of punishing himself, through killing someone who resembled him so.
I would also like to mention that towards the end of section two, I began to rethink whether HH trully loved Lolita. I began to feel that maybe he did. In this section I felt like we see a different side of HH. Something that made me feel weirdly warm inside. When he came to her house and was rejected by her, I expected with to shoot her right there. However he gives her money and lets her live her life. The fact that he was willing to marry her and raise the child as his own kind of made me feel sorry for him that he was rejected. He came off as someone simply screaming for love and affection, but from that one special girl. He still feels love and sees her inner beauty, even though ! she has left the nymphet stage. “I insist the world know I love my Lolita, this Lolita…,” (278) he states. I also expected him to be grossed out by her and new pregnant state. Also towards the end he wishes her the best in life and actually gives her advice. “Don’t talk to strangers, I hope you will love your baby…” (309) Making it evident that maybe HH trully cared for her and her well being. Although I temporarily felt sympathy for him, it still is not enough to cancel out the fact that he took advantage of a young girls innocence.
I find the end of the book, Lolita to be quite surprising because Lolita changed since the beginning of the book. Lolita left Humbert and one day he received a letter from Lolita saying that she is already married and is pregnant on page 266; also she asks for money from him. After reading the letter, thinking that she might be suffering from hardships because she asks for money; he went to look for her to see how she is doing. When he visit her he noticed that she has changed. He asked Lolita “Come just as you are. And we shall live happily ever after.” (278). But Lolita rejected him; even though she didn’t want to live with him, Humbert give her an envelope that contain money in it. Yet once more, he asked her “You are sure you are not coming with me? Is there no hope of your coming?” (279). Once again she rejected him. Knowing that Lolita won’t leave with him, he left. As he was driving, he was unable to control his tears and he said “I was alone to enjoy the innocent night and my terrible thoughts” (281). Whenever he thought of Lolita, it makes him “weeping again, drunk on the impossible past.” (282). In the end of the book, it showed how much Humbert loves Lolita when he said “This book is about Lolita” (253). When Humbert knows that Lolita is married and pregnant, he doesn’t mind and asked her to “live happily ever after.” (278) with him but rejected him. Humbert try to forget about Lolita knowing that she won’t live with him.
We finally finished Lolita. It wasn’t my favorite literature, but it was not bad. We get to see how the relationship between Humbert and Lolita end. I honestly thought it was going to end differently because of the narrator’s actions in the story.
“Carmencita, lui demandais-je. . .’One last word,’ I said in my horrible careful English, ‘are you quite, quite sure that-well, not tomorrow, of course, and not after tomorrow, but-well-some day, any day, will you come live with me? I will create a brand new God and thank him with piercing cries, if you give me that microscopic hope” (to that effect). ‘No,’ she said smiling, ‘no.’ ‘It would have made all the difference,’ said Humbert Humbert. Then I pulled out my automatic-I mean, this is the kind of fool thing a reader might suppose I did. It never occurred to me to do it. ‘Good by-aye!’ she chanted, my American sweet immortal dead love; for she is dead and immortal if you are reading this. I mean, such is the formal agreement with the so-called authorities. Then, as I drove away, I heard her shout in a vibrant voice to her Dick; and the dog started to lope alongside my car like a fat dolphin, but he was too heavy and old, and very soon gave up. And presently I was driving through the drizzle of the dying day, with the windshield wipers in full action but unable to cope with my tears.” (280) Again Humbert addresses the reader when he says he pulled out his automatic. Before i read the next part I thought he was going to shoot Lolita, and he was going to end up on trial for shooting her, but then he says that’s what the reader thinks he did. This scene symbolizes his feelings in this moment of time. The way Humbert stumbles trying to say what he wants to say. The rain hitting the windshield and the dying day symbolize his sadness because Lolita is leaving him.