Duddy Kravitz

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THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ

A persons emotions and thoughts, is what makes one strong and hearty, but what happens when one cannot express their feelings and emotions properly? In the internationally acclaimed novel, “The apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz”, by Mordecai Richler, the lead character, Duddy Kravitz, is challenged to overcome the same obstacle. Duddy, is a young Jewish boy on the quest to become somebody. Along the way he encounters many challenges that get the best of his emotions. For instance, when sick uncle Benjy apologizes to Duddy for not treating him right all his life, Duddy not knowing how to react and show what he’s really feeling, storms out of the room. As uncle Benjy watches Duddy run to his car, he states “run, run, always running, he can’t even walk to his car” ( pg 249,P#4). This is an excellent example of Duddy’s fear of revealing his emotions, because when Benjy apologizes to Duddy about treating him like dirt, Duddy didn’t know any other way to express his anger and sorrow with his ill uncle, and he decides to run out of the room, instead of dealing with the situation. Another example of when Duddy hesitates about sharing his emotions was when Linda and Irwin fooled him into staking all his hard earned money into gambling, and he lost it all. When Duddy’s broke, his emotions are on a roller coaster ride, as he’s overwhelmed, shocked and feeling dumb for falling for Irwins trap, all at once. Feeling betrayed inside, he screams to Linda “Aw, go to hell, just go to hell please” (pg. 86, Prg#7), then “he gave the wheel a shove, knocking it over, and rushed outside”(pg. 86,Prg#7). This particular situation also proves that Duddy’s certainly afraid of sharing his feelings with others because when Duddy loses all his money, he didn’t know any other way to handle the situation, or show his anger and frustration, other than running away. He runs away from how angry he was he had lost all his money, he runs away from how guilty he...
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