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What are some characteristics of language in Babbit?

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...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2011 2:11 pm UTC

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What are the reasons for Babbitt's rebellion in Sinclair Lewis's Babbitt?

Basically, George Babbitt experiences what many people still experience today: a mid-life crisis. In his case, it is sparked by the imprisonment of his best friend. After Paul goes to jail, Babbitt...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2011 2:22 pm UTC

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How does the author create the feeling of the first stirrings of a city in the early morning?

Most people say that this is a book that criticizes the conservative businesspeople of the 1920s. The major characters are unhappy with their lives and their jobs. Perhaps this is why Lewis uses...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2010 3:29 am UTC

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Does anyone know where I can find a lesson plan for Babbitt?

Well, you can certainly begin with eNotes extensive research on the subject of Babbitt. (See the link included below.) In addition to that, I have some original ideas that might help with...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2009 8:51 am UTC

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How does the character of George Babbitt begin to change?

Throughout the course of Sinclair Lewis's novel, Babbitt, the character of George Follansbee Babbitt undergoes the only major rebellion of his meaningless and conforming life in Chapter 22. For,...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2010 4:06 am UTC

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In Chapter 9 of Babbitt, why is it important for Babbitt to have this party?

A lavish dinner party is an important confirmation of the Babbitts' social status. It's a way for them to show off, to make everyone admire them for their wealth and (alleged) sophistication. The...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2018 9:05 am UTC

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Does the book Babbitt ultimately criticize and ridicule so-called "traditional American values" or does it tend more...

It actually tends to criticize those who support such values in voice, but not in action. Hypocrisy, in other words. This is especially obvious with the businessmen in the novel. The men of...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2009 3:59 pm UTC

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