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Are you sure you want to Yes No. Be the first to like this. Babbit is sanctimonious, loud-mouthed, a sexual harrasser, desperate to climb the social ladder. He's largely spineless--he follows whatever crowd holds sway over him. Most of all, we are never intended to like him, but we relate to him in small ways all the same.
This book is an exercise is incredible character development. One of the reasons I braved this book was due to the social impact it had in the s. In several books from that period, I have come across mentions of people being considered "like Babbit.
The novel is set in the fictional Midwestern town of Zenith where George F Babbitt, a 46 year old prosperous real estate broker is on the verge of a mid-life crisis. The social status of the Babbitt family is important to George and they constantly are on the lookout to improve their status in the community.
Yet, there is a bit of a rebel inside George and when his best friend ends up going to prison and his wife goes away to nurse her sister, George mounts his own small rebellion, but eventually realizes that it is too late for him to change and retreats back into the security of conformity. He does however, encourage his son, to explore his possibilities and not just settle into life.
I thought Babbitt was a very interesting read. My opinion of George Babbitt went through a number of changes during the course of the story for which I credit the author for developing such a well rounded character. Language distant from me and dull story. The book is just about Babbit himself, his mundane life and how he meanders along, including engaging in an affair.
He looks down on his wife but when she suddenly fell very sick, he realizes that he cannot lose her.
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It was rather touching at this point, that a man as coarse and vulgar as Babbit could have such deep feelings. Same too with his son, when they reconciled at the end of the story as he allowed him to forego college and pursue his dreams.
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Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis is a satirical novel about American culture and society that explores the dullness of middle class American life as well as the social pressures there are toward conformity. Just couldn't get into this and didn't feel inclined to try particularly hard to endure. Stripped to its core, the storyline of Babbit is rather simple. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. George F. Myra Babbitt.
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