What are some characteristics of language in Babbit?

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Babbitt is a satirical novel, so the language is primarily aimed at mocking aspects of American culture and society. The language of satire is meant to be funny, and Sinclair Lewis uses humor to convey his perspective on the problems of the times. The character of Babbitt is especially funny in the way he deals with people and the way he thinks about situations. Lewis also uses irony throughout the book. In most cases, this means that what happens is the opposite of what the readers expect to happen. There is also a lot of dialogue in the book. Characters talk to each other in realistic ways, even though sometimes their words are exaggerated for comic effect. Overall, Lewis' language is very descriptive, like when he talks about the different products in the Babbitt household.

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