Sinclair Lewis Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Is Main Street primarily a novel about Carol Kennicott or about Gopher Prairie?

Is Sinclair Lewis’s characterization of George Babbitt thoroughly satirical, or does Babbitt have dimensions that encourage the reader to view him sympathetically?

Is Martin Arrowsmith as convincing a character as George Babbitt or Carol Kennicott?

What descriptive techniques contribute to the success of Lewis’s depiction of village and small-town settings?

The title of one book about Lewis refers to his “quixotic vision.” What does this phrase mean, and what in Lewis’s novels justifies its application to him?

Lewis was the first American writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Did he deserve it?