The Professor of Desire Symbols & Objects

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David's Obsession with Sex

David's sex obsession symbolizes his shortcomings with regards to romantic relationships. David bases much of the impetus for his romantic relationships purely on sexual desire. Throughout the novel, this repeatedly results in the failing of his relationships.

The Hungarian Royale

The Hungarian Royale symbolizes David's childhood. David grows up living in the resort, as his parents own and operate it . They actually live there even in the off-season. The Royale is therefore the formative backdrop of David's childhood.

London

London symbolizes David's first extended forays into his sexual proclivities. In London, David had sexual relations with prostitutes and carries on extended sexual relationships with Elisabeth and Birgitta. These experiences inform his views on sex as he goes forward in life.

David's Marriage

David's marriage symbolizes the unexpected turbulence that may form between people within a domestic setting. David and Helen grow unhappy after...

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