Sinclair Lewis’ Babbitt
An analysis of how Lewis depicts the corruption of the American ideal.
“Lewis presents a grim and cynical view of life in Babbitt. The reader learns that “the Good Citizen’s League had spread through the country` (391). Just as Babbitt’s rebellion had been crushed, the growing Good Citizen’s League is crushing similar rebellions. Babbitt again defines the archetype of the conformist businessman. Though Babbitt remains an integral part of the corrupted, business-dominated Zenith society, he is cognizant of its flaws. However, Babbitt’s conscious sacrifice of his individuality and thought render him a defeated person. Babbitt realizes he lacks the strength and courage to challenge society; however, Babbitt finds hope in his son. Babbitt agrees that `the Babbitt men` ought to stick together? (400), and encourages his son to pursue happiness, rather than money and a professional career.`