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At one point in the novel, Humbert admits that he never found out the laws governing his relationship with Lolita. Investigate what rights Humbert had as a stepfather in 1955 and what the penalties for incest were.

Research the psychological term "obsession" and apply it to Humbert.

Read Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and compare and contrast each novel's treatment of obsession and its effects.

Investigate the effects of incest on children and compare your findings to the effects Lolita's relationship with Humbert had on her.

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