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Conformity In The Sinclair Lewis Novel Babbitt
1,861 wordsBabbitt: Conformity In the Sinclair Lewis novel Babbitt, the character of Babbitt is completely controlled by the power of conformity. Conformity is so powerful that even after babbitt realizes the stifling nature of the society in which he lives he is powerless to change his fate as a member of conformist society. George F. Babbitt is a man who is completely controlled by the conformist society in which he lives. Pressure to conform lies in all aspects of Babbitt's life. Relationships, family, ...
Main Street Lewis
329 wordsLewis, (Harry) Sinclair (1885-1951), American novelist, whose naturalistic style and choice of subject matter was much imitated by later writers. He replaced the traditionally romantic and complacent conception of American life with one that was realistic and even bitter. Lewis was born in Sauk Center, Minnesota, on February 7, 1885, and was educated at Yale University. From 1907 to 1916 he was a newspaper reporter and a literary editor. In Main Street (1920) Lewis first developed the theme that...
Comforts Babbitt Throughout The Whole Novel
1,142 wordsEmpty Conformity The depressing tragedy known as Babbitt, by Lewis Sinclair, accurately portrays the convention of life in the 1920's. Sinclair precisely evokes the conformity and orthodox life styles that shaped a growing culture. Man, in the 1920's, is caught in a lifestyle where he is continually fed on what to think. Lewis cunningly explains the constraints of convention that plagued George Babbitt, and mocks society as a whole for its lack of liberal views. Babbitt throughout the novel seem...
Different Hobbit And George Babbitt
830 wordsBabbitt vs. The Hobbit Sinclair Lewis' character of George Babbitt is similar to J.R. R Tolkien's character of Bilbo Baggins, but they are also very different. These two characters are alike in two different ways: in personality and the heroic journey. However, on every other subject these two characters are extraordinarily different. The most basic of these differences being that George Babbitt is an anti-hero and Bilbo Baggins is a hero. In the beginning both characters seem very much alike in...
Character Of George Babbitt
908 wordsYouth As An Aspect of George Babbitt's Character The aspect of youth and being young is a prevalent aspect found in George Babbitt, the main character of Sinclair Lewis Babbitt. On the outside, Babbitt comes across as a very conformist and self-serving individual. However, upon further examination, Babbitt becomes less and less a prevalent societal figure, and more so an individual who is haunted by indecision and insecurity. Like a young child, he frequently enters into an imaginative world whe...
Gatspy And Babbitt
1,482 wordspolitical victory, a rise of rents, the recovery of your sick, or the return of your absent friend, or some other favorable event, raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you. Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. In these concluding lines of Ralph Waldo Emersons essay, he once again pounds his beliefs in nonconformatism across to the reader. The examples of Jay Gatspy, in The Great Gatspy, a...
Novel Babbitt By Sinclair Lewis
500 wordsEveryone at some point in time lives their life hoping to someday achieve the ultimate goal, the American Dream. If the American dream isn't the force that drives us, it may be another force; Greed. In the novel Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis, the character of George Babbitt wants to live in a better world, a world in which class barriers would be easier to penetrate. He currently lives in the city of Zenith, an industrialized mid-west city where what you have separates you from the next person. It i...
1,439 wordsThis is the story of a man named George F. Babbitt. Babbitt is, in my mind, the finest example of the materialistic person. Babbitt bases his life strictly on what he has and his social standing. Babbitt cares little for anyone but himself. He treats his wife with little respect and treats her badly. He only seems to like his daughter Tink a. His other children, Ted and Verna, seem to have little importance to him. Babbitt's family seems to serve as an annoyance to him through the whole story. B...
5,520 wordsBabbitt If one were to look at the words of any modern dictionary they would find amongst them the word Babbitt. If one were to glance, however at a dictionary from the early part of this century, the word Babbitt would not appear. The word Babbitt means "a self satisfied person who conforms readily to conventional middle class ideas and ideals, especially of business and material success" (Websters New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, 106). The word Babbitt, and its subsequent meaning, comes fr...
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