By Sinclair Lewis
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The name of Sinclair Lewis’s 1922 satire on American materialism further a brand new observe to our vocabulary. “Babbittry” has come to face for all that’s improper with an international the place the pursuit of happiness ability the procurement of things—a global that substitutes “stuff” for “soul.” a few two decades after Babbitt’s preliminary good fortune, critics known as Lewis dated and his fiction out of date. yet those judgments have come to appear like wishful considering. With Babbitry obvious throughout us, the radical is extra proper than ever.
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103). Not only is the folksy versifying nothing short of awful, but it is, significantly, like all advertising copy, calculatedly meretricious. After all, a few hours after writing these pro-Prohibition lines, Frink is drinking cocktails with the Babbitts. ) Thus, business and its use of advertising has begun to corrupt the American language, making communication through words a medium primarily for lying. In speech and writing, the truth is replaced by standardized pieties that have been, at least among white, middle-class American males, universally accepted but rarely followed.
The hero, or at least the main character, of the book is hardly unusual. He is distinguished by neither intelligence nor stupidity, bravery nor cowardice, kindness nor cruelty. Although he manages to demonstrate all these characteristics, none of them can quite define him. In fact, George F. Babbitt is most interesting because he is not interesting, because he manages to locate himself between the extremes, positioning himself resolutely in the middle. He is, to put it simply, a middle-class, middle-brow, middle-aged, middle-American male who is about to embark on a midlife crisis.
The tub was long enough for a Prussian Guard, and above the set bowl was a sensational exhibit of tooth-brush holder, shaving-brush holder, soap-dish, sponge-dish, and medicine-cabinet, so glittering and so ingenious that they resembled an electrical instrument-board (p. 6). The other rooms are furnished according to advice from 舠Cheerful Modern Houses for Medium Incomes,舡 in good, expensive, utilitarian style, and are completely devoid of taste. Lewis offers an explanation of how the car one drives reflects one舗s status: 舠A family舗s motor indicated its social rank as precisely as the grades of the peerage determined the rank of an English family舡 (p.