An analysis of duddy kravitz in mordecai richlers the apprenticeship of duddy kravitz

Interestingly, there are also no mothers in this novel: Duddy's mother passed away years before the begining of the story and his uncle's marriage is childless. As the legend goes, he collected street car transfers off the street and sold them. Duddy is still proud of his land and thinks that it will benefit him because of how he was treated in the coffee shop. A childless couple with a strained relationship, Uncle Benjy takes quickly to Duddy's older brother, Lennie, providing him with funding for university. Although he attempts to create a friendship with Duddy, he is turned away due to Duddy's unwillingness to set aside business. Duddy begins to move towards this goal by working for his Uncle Benjy. Throughout Duddy's childhood he is close to his grandfather, and it is Simcha who sparks Duddy's drive for land ownership when he tells young Duddy that "a man without land is nobody. A studious boy, Lennie falls in with a crowd of well-off students during his university years who take advantage of him. He won a scholarship to McGill University but dropped out to become a writer. Duddy eventually cheats Virgil out of money after the latter is severely injured in an accident. After Mr. Back in Montreal, Duddy rents an apartment and an office for himself and Yvette and, as the plots of land around the lake he's dreaming of possessing go up for sale, his Laurentian land empire grows. A few months later, Virgil, an epileptic a fact known to Duddy when given the job , experiences a seizure while driving, crashes the vehicle and is subsequently paralyzed from the waist down from his injuries.

Agathe whom Duddy meets while working at the hotel. A studious boy, Lennie falls in with a crowd of well-off students during his university years who take advantage of him.

An analysis of duddy kravitz in mordecai richlers the apprenticeship of duddy kravitz

What applied for Barney Panofsky is just as true for Mr. Shelves: canadianown-a-copypenguin-modern-classicsreviewedhistoricalread-inmovie-fodder Richler writes about Montreal the way Dickens writes about London: as if the city was a character.

He loved Montreal and he is preaching to the choir with me, because I am crazy about my city as well, and I wish I could have seen it at the time "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" takes place, the post-WWII era when hockey players didn't wear helmets but everyone wore hats. By buying up land in urban areas, Duddy starts to become richer, but at the expense of his emotional health. Duddy begins to move towards this goal by working for his Uncle Benjy. Kravitz: there's no logical reason to root for this little crook, but you do anyway. When citing an essay from our library, you can use "Kibin" as the author. By being an apprentice, Duddy is allowed to make mistakes because he is just learning. Check out our Privacy and Content Sharing policies for more information. He does, however, show entrepreneurial ambition early on, with his first money-making schemes in selling stamps and circulating Tijuana bibles. His dark humour doesn't strike me as crass: he was a grumpy old man, and I have a weakness for those, they make me laugh. He tries to mend fences with Duddy, but Duddy rebuffs his uncle's request that the two see each other more frequently during his final days. He's become a "somebody". Let us know! He comes out of apprenticeship by becoming one man who is corrupt and selfish, but is the man he chose to become by not listening to his good or positive masters. MacPherson's wife is sickly and bedridden. After Mr.

It's hard not to admire Duddy's determination; the odds are stacked against this skinny little guy from St-Urbain, but he never gives up, and shows more ingenuity and albeit sometimes misguided industriousness than most people ever will. Uncle Benjy's death acts as a trigger for Duddy who then experiences a nervous breakdown and refuses to leave his room for a week.

Duddy is still proud of his land and thinks that it will benefit him because of how he was treated in the coffee shop.

A born entrepreneur, Duddy immediately sees that the lake has tremendous potential as the future site of a summer resort.

In the end, Duddy has no friend left.

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Back in Montreal, Duddy rents an apartment and an office for himself and Yvette and, as the plots of land around the lake he's dreaming of possessing go up for sale, his Laurentian land empire grows.

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