Duddy Kravitz very clearly posseses many characteristics that qualify him as an
anti-hero. During the novel Duddy succeeds on several occasions with nothing but dumb
luck. Duddy on many occasions even makes horrible mistakes, and yet he still manages
to land on both feet and sometimes even to come out ahead of the game.
Duddy takes a job waiting tables at a hotel, it・s there he meets Linda and Irwin,
after Linda asks Duddy about roulette Duddy pretends to be an expert on the game and
agree・s to finance some a game for her. Duddy is devistated to learn that Linda and Irwin
are swindling him and that the roulette machine is fixed, Duddy loses almost all of his
money. After the roulette scandle Irwin and Linda return Duddy・s money apologeticaly,
and many of the people at the hotel donate money to Duddy when they learn about his
loss. Even though Duddy made a fatal error trusting Linda he still manages to find
success through dumb luck.
Duddy also believes that ・ A man without land is nothing・. On Duddy and Yvette・s
first date, Yvette takes Duddy to a seemingly random piece of land near the hotel. It is on
this date where Duddy finds his land, the land that he will strive to own for the rest of the
novel. If Yvette had taken Duddy anywhere else on this date than Duddy・s life could
have been very different, because owning this piece of land his what pushes Duddy
almost beyond his endurance. That piece of land is responsible for all of his successes in
After Duddy discovers the land he immediately starts looking for ways to make
money to buy the land. While taking some classes at a collage he meets Mr. Friar, a
blacklisted film director from England. Friar agrees to direct...