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Babbitt

by: Sinclair Lewis

Suggested Essay Topics

Howard Littlefield is supposed to be a "Great Scholar." Zenith's middle class is extremely anti-intellectual, yet Littlefield is a popular member of Zenith's middle class. Why?

How is Riesling different from the typical Zenith businessman?

Why are disappointed dreams and youthful ambitions a prevalent theme in Babbitt?

How does the mayoral race show that middle-class values threaten political democracy?

Why does Babbitt break up with Tanis? Why does he choose to end his rebellion and return to his conventional, middle-class life?