Thesis: Vladimir Nabokov successfully humanized paedophilia through the popularity of his text “Lolita.”
TS1: Readers empathize with his tortured antihero, Humbert Humbert, despite his crimes.
SD1: The plot revolves around Humbert Humbert, a sexual predator who is unapologetic yet intellectually endowed.
SD2: The writer emphasizes his physical attributes to draw the reader in.
SD3: He has a double name representing a duality to his nurture, allowing people to see more than his pedophilic nature.
TS2: Nabokov links paedophilia to Humbert’s traumatic childhood.
SD1: It leaves room for psychoanalysis.
SD2: It convinces readers that Humbert’s lust for minors is stemmed from his problematic childhood
SD3: By understanding Humbert’s mental neuroses, one can empathize and sympathize with him.
TS3: Humbert portrays Lolita as a sexual and sensual creature.
SD1: This depiction leads to her objectification
SD2: It also shows that Lolita is a woman who encouraged and fueled his sexual cravings and desires for her.
SD3: Through his rhetorical prowess, Nabokov humanizes the despicable antagonist, shedding light on the reader’s inability to evaluate him based on his unreliable testimony.
TS4: Lolita is a multifaceted text that confuses its readers and how they should feel about its contents.
SD1: A reader sympathizing with Humbert instead of Lolita falls prey to Nabokov’s dance with words.
SD2: It allows people to come to terms with their morality.
SD3: Humbert cannot be perceived as a good man since he willingly and knowingly kidnaps and rapes a minor.