“A Femme Fatale, translating to “Deadly Woman” in french, is an alluring, seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire. Often this leads them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations.” ~ Wikipedia
I first discovered this class of women from 1930s and 40s film noir several years ago and was seduced by their charm and cunning minds. I then began to see them popping up in novels I read, even my favorites like Gone with the Wind and Wuthering Heights. This new weekly post is to highlight/celebrate/condemn these sultry and conniving ladies in literature.
Dolores Haze otherwise know as Lolita is the epitome of a Femme Fatale. The name Dolores means sorrow or can refer to the Virgin Mary. Well Dolores does live a sorrowful life, with her mother dying at a young age and then being watched most dubiously by her step-father Humbert Humbert with eventually the only option being sex. Even with her dirty unkempt hair and bony knees she is still a nymphet, a vixen, a desire. While Lolita is not a model student she excels in manipulating persons to get her way either with her sex appeal or girlish charm Lo entices those around her into getting the lead in school plays or the latest record. She is sensual and a fatale in her own right.