How does Babbitt’s attitude begin to shift in these chapters?
Up until this point in the novel, George Babbitt has wavered between a sense of commitment to the values he has subscribed to throughout his adult life, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction urging him to seek new experiences.
We have seen Babbitt approach the edge of rebellion every now and then, but he has never fully taken the plunge. However, listening to Chum Frink’s lamentations leaves George questioning the wealth and social status he has spent so much time trying to attain. Suddenly, he can more clearly identify the things he wants, and feels as though he has “found something in life, and that he...
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