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November 26, 2018 General Studies

Isabella Romero Extended Essay How do the authors, Vladimir Nabokov and Margaux Fragoso, manipulate the way the reader perceives the characters and elements within the novels based on the perspective in which the story is told? ABSTRACT The authors instill their respective narrators in an effort to manipulate the way the audience perceives the story and the characters within it. The two novels share a similar theme of focus, both being stories of abusive pedophelic relationships between girl and man. ?Lolita ? by Vladimir Nabokov and ?Tiger, Tiger ? by Margaux Fragoso are uniquely written in ways that sway the reader’s attention in the story from one place to another, based on the perspective that they are told. Within these, the perspective presented by Nabokov conveys a contradictory image to the perspective presented by Fragoso. Nabokov inputted a narrator who is the abuser telling the story. From this perspective the reader is told the story from the criminal which almost distracts them from the heinous actions being committed and allowing room for some form of empathy towards the speaker. Fragoso, on the other hand, introduces a narrator who is on the receiving-end of the abuse, the victim if you will, which naturally calls upon the reader to empathize with the victim while brutally antagonizing the abuser. The manipulation of the audience's view of the novels are seemingly deliberate by the author's choices in order to ensure definite ideas or assumptions in relation to their selective stories. Word count: 207 1INTRODUCTION With reading comes an innate freedom to explore, make judgements and develop from the words before us. In this freedom, it is the author’s job to guide their audience to see what they want them to see and take away what they want them to take away. They have the power to purposely leave a story or ending ambiguous (meaning they'd encourage the reader to make their own assumptions) or they could finish it to a T, leaving no room or dots to fill in, either way they can manipulate that freedom of interpretation a reader has. They can sway what the reader views in a story. The reader’s view is a freedom in itself , one in which is independent of the reader to understand, see things in a certain light, or realize certain things about the works. The two novels, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and Tiger,Tiger by Margaux Fragoso both follow the lives of young characters invested with others in an unhealthy relationship, but in different ways. The characters themselves as the relay of events are crucial to understanding the struggles they go through, however the driving hand in this understanding would be the speaker. Each author has a different way of revealing certain elements of the story that grab the readers and help define the characters in the way that is intended. Some of what is shown in Nabokov’s writing is ignored or shown differently in Fragoso writing and vice versa. This deliberate focus influences us as readers in the way we understand the relationships between characters. By this comparison it is obvious that we subconsciously take sides, jump to conclusions, and make judgements about the story or the characters that we are absolutely intended to make. The characters being examined in the two literary works are in many ways similar. In Lolita, the reader meets a young Lolita who seemingly has a crush on her 2new houseguest. We don't receive much of the thoughts of this character save what she says verbally which is occasionally mentioned in dialogue. We get the story from Humbert Humbert, her abuser, who after marrying her mother shortly before she died, engaged in a pedophelic relationship with her from the age of 12. 3


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