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Unformatted text preview: Against a background of graft and social climbing and insincerity, the figure of Dr. Max Gottlieb stands out as a pure scientist and a seeker of truth. Lewis modeled him after Jacques Loeb, a prominent United States scientist of the time, born in Germany. Some critics find Gottlieb the novel's most memorable character. Professor Grebstein considers Gottlieb &quot;the kind of man who carries civilization on his shoulders,&quot; adding that Gottlieb is &quot;a pessimist who voices his doubts . . . of man's superiority to animals, yet his own genius advances progress and proves man's superiority.&quot; Not a person to cater to public opinion or to his superiors in office, Gottlieb naturally makes enemies. His rift with Martin, caused by a trivial incident, lasts for several years. All the while, Gottlieb is changing positions. His home background is adequate but rather stark. Two of his three children are changing positions....
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