Arrowsmith (Cliffs Notes) by Sinclair Lewis

By Sinclair Lewis

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Lewis' style, though not of highest literary quality, is yet vivid and readable. He has a tendency toward long sentences, probably in part a result of his wide reading of the nineteenth-century English and American novelists. Dorothy Thompson praised his use of verbs. She also commented that he put far more of himself into Arrowsmith than any other book. Lewis uses dialogue sparingly and background liberally, with figures of speech which make his sentences more graphic. The device of breaking each chapter into several divisions keeps the material from becoming too involved and stimulates reader interest.

LEORA TOZER ARROWSMITH Only three women characters of any consequence appear in Arrowsmith: Madeline Fox, Leora, and Joyce. Madeline and Joyce both reflect the characteristics of Lewis' first wife, Grace Hegger Lewis. Leora is probably modeled after Paul de Kruif's idea of his own wife, although a woman novelist, Edith Summers, claimed to be the original of Leora. " When Leora's baby is born dead and she realizes that she can never have another, continues Miss Thompson, she does not despair but becomes more and more absorbed in her husband, not much caring whether she has children or not.

Martin, with his limited knowledge of women, has much to learn from Joyce, who besides being his wife is a wealthy and socially prominent woman. He superficially masters her way of life, but when he has a clerk telephone her that he is busy in the laboratory and cannot meet her at dinner, she is enraged. Commentary Lewis has been building up to this second marriage of Arrowsmith for several chapters. The wealthy and socially important Joyce is a far cry from the simple, careless Leora of Wheatsylvania, North Dakota.

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