Arrowsmith

by: Sinclair Lewis

Chapters 25–27

Another important aspect of these chapters are the caricatures that arise within them. Capitola, with her "capitol" name is a caricature of the "virtuous" woman in charge of what she thinks, yet believes that she should always keep her "place," as is evidenced by the fact that she was opposed to women's suffrage. Wickett is another caricature, though a more endearing one. He is the determined scientist without a family, who puts his whole self into science and his work. He does not know how to fully act within the walls of society and yet, unlike Martin, does not ever try to. He does not feel the pressure to fit in that Martin has felt in the past, and he never strays from the path ahead of him, as Martin also has. He is Martin's extreme.