Sinclair Lewis Satire

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“Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile.” This quote was uttered by the famous author, Sinclair Lewis. Sinclair Lewis is famously known for his novels that portrayed American life in the 1920’s with realistic detail and expands on it using satire. His major novels focused on describing and criticizing different aspects of American life at the time. A major theme across all of his novels was the idea of confronting idealism. Through those novels, Lewis helped other Americans see the flaws in their current society. Lewis’ first notable novel, Main Street, was published in the year 1920. The story is about a woman named Carol Kennicott who struggles to create social reform in her husband’s small hometown.…show more content…
The main character, George F. Babbitt, seems to be an ordinary middle-class real estate salesman at the beginning of the book. He eventually rebels against the mediocrity of his middle class life. Zenith, the town which the story is placed in, seems like an idealistic paradise when one looks from afar. If someone took a closer look, however, one would see that everything is encompassed with a false and dull sense of happiness. The ideas that Lewis is trying to convey are similar to his previous novel except, Lewis also targets the falseness and hypocrisy that is a part of middle class…show more content…
Arrowsmith is about an ideal doctor named Martin Arrowsmith who has to deal with the frustrating and contradictory nature of his profession. Early in his career, Arrowsmith develops a love for research but has to abandon that love to support his new family. He becomes frustrated when he notices that the doctors that he worked with care more about money than helping their patients. When Arrowhead finally gets to return to researching in a lab, he is pressured into producing more results in a shorter amount of time. He eventually escapes from all of this by opening a research laboratory in the middle of the woods, away from societal pressure. In this novel, Lewis is criticizing the way medicine is in the 1920’s. Lewis implies in the novel that the purpose of medicine in the 1920’s has become the opposite of what it is supposed to be. Instead of genuinely caring for and helping people, people in the medical profession believe that medicine has become another “product” that needs to be sold for a high price in large amounts. In the novel, Lewis paints the more social characters in a negative light. The more sympathetic characters are more isolated. One of the main ideas of the book is that there is a type of happiness in

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