The story is told in the third person

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The story is told in the third person, the central figure being Martin Arrowsmith, though Gottlieb  occasionally takes the center of the stage. The narrative moves for the most part in a straight line  chronologically, with few flashbacks but many changes of scene. The characters are the most lifelike  that Lewis ever created, especially Martin, Gottlieb, and Leora. The Nobel Prize was awarded  because Lewis was "significantly and typically American in his vision, humor, and creation of typical  characters." Sometimes the humor of  Arrowsmith  is off-beat, like the macabre pranks played by the  medical students on their classmates and others. Most of the characters introduced early in the book reappear or are at least referred to years later,  lending unity to the plot. Examples are the members of Digamma Pi, the Tozers, and Pickerbaugh. 
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