Satire holds persons

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Satire holds persons, modes of living, or institutions up to ridicule with the intention of making people  laugh so that a change or reform can be brought about.  Arrowsmith  is full of satire of the various  strata of society familiar to Sinclair Lewis. Always a radical, always probing the wound instead of  applying the plaster, he holds up to ridicule the social climbing, the dollar chasing, and the dishonest  motives behind many so-called success stories of the first half of the twentieth century. Each group  of characters is subjected to criticism: the students and faculty of Winnemac; the cross-grained and  penny-pinching Tozers; the impossible Pickerbaugh family and Irving Watters; the sham and  pretense behind the Hunziker procedures; and the hollowness and jealousy among most of the  higher-ups at McGurk. Only a few characters, notably Gottlieb and Leora, escape this scathing  scrutiny. Even Martin receives a little of it.
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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