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Tone in Babbitt

Tone Examples in Babbitt:

Chapter I

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"They were neither citadels nor churches, but frankly and beautifully office-buildings...."   (Chapter I)

Notice the satirical tone of this observation about the novel’s setting. The narrator juxtaposes citadels and churches, the architectural masterpieces of Europe and the old world, to office-buildings, the achievement of the new world. Unlike citadels and churches, office-buildings lack majesty and grandeur. This suggests that U.S. culture and the U.S. itself lacks grandeur.

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