Duddy Kravitz Analysis

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To leave behind your roots, expectorate in the faces of those who care about you, and to deceive and lie, is to be Duddy Kravitz. From the beginning of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, we see that Duddy strives to be someone. Determined to become the owner of a large group of lots on Lac St. Pierre, Duddy Kravitz makes decisions that condemn him to a life of falsehood and deceit. Despite his initial aspiration to becoming something to the people in his life, Duddy ends up as nothing with not even integrity to his name. This life Duddy lives is, in a sense, his own grandfathers doing. Duddy’s life is based on his grandfather’s words when he was young. Even from a young age Duddy was involved in get rich quick schemes, stealing and other…show more content…
In the end, Duddy’s land is all that he has to his name. No money or real success just the land. And to get there he has gone against friends, family and even his role model, The Boy Wonder. Duddy is constantly asking for loans and favors from friends and acquaintances, because of his tenacious attitude towards becoming the owner of Lac St. Pierre: “He won’t lend me the money. He had hoped we were friends. What in the hell’s a friend for if you can’t borrow money from him when you need it?...” (Richler, 2001, p. 302). We see that Duddy has become dependant on others contributing to his financial success. Without his loans, Duddy could never accomplish the things he has. Duddy is struggling to obtain the last of his money, so that he can buy the last piece of land. With Hugh Thomas Calder rejecting Duddy his money, we see Duddy has no resources left and stoops as low as he can by stealing Virgil’s money. Duddy’s endeavor to become somebody is represented through Simcha’s famous words: “A man without land is nothing.” (Richler, 2001, p. 49). Duddy overanalyzes this phrase, and becomes manic to achieve Simchas words. When Duddy finally achieves this goal of owning land, he is so proud of himself, almost ignoring the sacrifices others have made for him, and the ruthless actions he took to get into this position. After purchasing the last lot Duddy assembles his entire family to visit the property. Simcha is almost happy for Duddy but is disappointed, and doesn’t support the decisions he has made: “She told me what you did. And I don’t want a farm here. I
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