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By Leving, Yuri; Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich; Banville, John

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Even so, it is quite clear that Nabokov wished to create a character who from early childhood finds refuge from an overactive mind in the logical and rational moves of the chess game. Unfortunately, Luzhin’s obsessive compulsion to find patterns in daily life, which made him so successful at chess, also causes his ultimate demise. Although we have less detail about the son in “Signs and Symbols,” Nabokov’s reference to “referential mania” suggests a similar malady in both the son and in Grand Master Luzhin.

There is one obvious ending, but isn’t Nabokov smarter than that? 1 When we look at the sentence structure we find that Nabokov’s approach is Orwellian: he uses simple words. This conveys a sense of mundanity and the drabness of the parents’ existence. It also builds up an oppressive feeling. In addition, Nabokov has provoked the reader by titling his story “Signs and Symbols,” so the reader is on the lookout for them. Numbers and playing cards are the most obvious items with symbolic power. Let me consider the cards first.

This story shares similarities with Dostoevsky’s “The Double,” in which the character Goliadkin perceives of his own double in the work place, a man who is significantly more successful than Goliadkin himself. Nabokov also makes references to Crime and Punishment and Raskolnikov, who commits murder for personal gain and then is haunted to near madness for this decision. ” The hero of both Pushkin’s and Nabokov’s stories is Hermann. In “The Queen of Spades,” Hermann commits murder to learn the secret card combination that will make him rich.

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