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Infatuation In Lolita And The Great Gatsby

1100 words - 4 pages

At first glance it seems hard to find any similarities between Lolita and The Great Gatsby. Finding similarity between two protagonists, Humbert Humbert and Jay Gatsby seems to be impossible task, but in reality there is a big factor connecting both of the characters. Humbert and Gatsby, both of them, met a girl in early years of their life and after that they were trying to attain these girls, the difference is minor- Jay Gatsby was trying to invade the heart of the same women, while Humbert was trying to reincarnate Annabel in a different but similar girl. Both of the protagonists were ready to take really risky and dangerous actions in order to get their lovers back. Both of them tried to idealize the accidents that happened in their youth and did everything to get it back. Even though the situations of the protagonists are different, both of them have an early love trauma, which affects their future life and makes them do decisions they would normally not do for their obsessions,while Gatsby and Humbert get a chance to have the women they wished for for short period of time at the end neither of the characters could achieve the goal of being loved back as they are.
Both of the characters obsessions started in their early years of their lives. Young Humbert met Annabel when he was only thirteen, “[they] were madly, clumsily, shamelessly, agonizingly in love with each other; hopelessly,…, because that frenzy of mutual possession might have been assuaged only by other’s soul and flesh; but there [they] were, unable even to mate as slum children would have so easily found an opportunity to do” (Nabokov 12). When Annabel and Humbert finally had the opportunity to “show” their love to each other, they were encountered by two bathers and Humbert never again had the chance to “possess [his] darling”, because of Annabel’s unexpected death (Nabokov 13). Of course this was a really big trauma for a thirteen year old boy, “that haunted [him] ever since” and this trauma may explain his later obsession with Lolita (Nabokov 15).Traumatized Humbert was searching for Annabel in every women and finally he reincarnated her in Dolores Haze, who “was the same child—the same frail, honey-hued shoulders, the same silky supple bare back, the same chestnut head of hair” as Annabel had (Nabokov 39). Humbert says “there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, a certain initial girl-child. In a princedom by the sea” (Nabokov 9). It is obvious that Humbert’s sexual obsession is started to govern his life and his future decisions.
Jay Gatsby had also his object of obsession, he could never let go. Till the last day of his life he had a hope that Daisy would leave her new life and return to him. Everything started in nineteen-seventeen when James Gatz met “the first ‘nice’ girl he had ever known” and by “colossal accident” appeared in her house. (Fitzgerald 158,159). Gatsby found everything that he saw that day very desirable. “Penniless young...

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