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Freudian Symbols Symbol Analysis

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Throughout Lolita, Humbert Humbert is constantly making fun of Freudian Psychoanalysis. He calls Freud “the Viennese medicine man,” (274) and points out everything that Freudians might consider to be an important psychic symbol—not because he agrees, but just to make fun. Lolita is chock full of Freudian symbols—guns which are compared to male genitals, for example—but they are not meant to serve their usual purposes. They symbolize nothing, and have been placed in the novel just to make fun of Freud.
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Freudian Symbols Symbol Timeline in Lolita

The timeline below shows where the symbol Freudian Symbols appears in Lolita. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Perversity, Obsession, and Art Theme Icon
Life and Literary Representation Theme Icon “Lolita, or the Confession of a White Widowed Male,” is written by the fictional psychologist John Ray Jr., Ph.D., a specialist in perversions and abnormal states of mind. It frames... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 9
Perversity, Obsession, and Art Theme Icon
Exile, Homelessness and Road Narratives Theme Icon
...must go to a sanatorium for a third time, he continues to play games with psychoanalysts by repeating exactly the kind of dreams and patterns of thought they describe in their... (full context)