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Youth As An Aspect of George Babbitts Character The aspect of youth and being young is a prevalent aspect found in George Babbitt the main character of Sinclair Lewis Babbitt On the outside Babbitt comes across as a very conformist and self-serving individual However upon further examination Babbitt becomes less and less a prevalent societal figure and more so an individual who is haunted by indecision and insecurity Like a young child he frequently enters into an imaginative world where he pretends that he is someone else He also laments over his shortcomings and failure by desiring to return to his youth He views youth as an escape from the pressures and hindrances of his job and family George Babbitt is also unable to communicate with the young people of his day and age specifically with his own children In short youth is an important aspect which shapes Babbitts character During many instances in the novel Babbitt enters into a state of imaginative fantasy where he takes on the persona of another person whom he admires or wishes to emulate He often times takes on another persona in order to make himself believe that he can accomplish what that person did even though he knows he truly cannot He drove happily home and to Mrs Babbitt he was William Washington Earthorne 209 is an instance where Babbitt not only wishes to be in the same economic standing as Eatthorne the wealthy banker but he also uses this fantasy to disguise the fact that he is unhappy with who his family perceives him to be His invented military rank of colonel during his time on the Sunday School campaign is another example of how Babbitt needed others to address him as something other that an average middle class citizen He was plumply pleased by salutes on the streets from unknown small boys his ears were tickled to ruddy ecstasy by hearing himself called Colonel 210
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