The constant references to the car also emphasize an understanding of the modern world and contribute to this novel’s prophetic recognition of the role of technology in the twentieth century.
Dream of the fairy child
As a symbol of youth, the fairy child (who is, of course, female) is also an emblem of Babbitt’s discontentment with choosing to live the moral, monogamous life. Even before he rebels against the system he has so admired, he looks at his secretary (Miss McGoun) with the fairy child in mind. Later, Eunice Littlefield also briefly comes to represent his dream ‘woman’.
Later works, such as Death of a Salesman, also draw on this role to illuminate the critique of living by a system of buying and selling for profit. Babbitt is a success in terms of selling land and houses, however, he is mainly able to manage this through unscrupulous means. Through the descriptions of his lying and underhand business dealings, it is possible to see a social criticism of the effects capitalism has had on morality and ethics.
Babbitt: Metaphor Analysis