The Relationships of Duddy Kravitz

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Relationships are an emotional connection between two people. In the novel The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler Duddy has many relationships, which change the way he acts, thinks and ultimately changes the plot dramatically. The life of Duddy changes throughout the novel from the relationships he has with his friends, family, and enemies.

Duddys relationships with his friends show how he gains their trust and then once he has that trust, he uses them or steals from them to achieve his dream. Virgil, was a very good friend of Duddys that would do anything that Duddy asked. But when Duddy forges Virgil’s signature to receive money, this changes how the reader looks at Duddy as a friend to Virgil. This is proved in the quote: “Duddys stealing from Virgil by forging his signature on a check is a reprehensible act, but allowance could be made for him. It is the vicious world before resorting to stealing from Virgil”(Woodcock 43). This shows how Duddy does not care very much about Virgil, that all he wants is the land. Duddy’s frequent mistreating of Yvette and the other people he loves leads to the destruction of his relationships. When Duddy forges the cheque in Virgil’s name, it upsets Yvette a lot. Woodcock says: “This final ruthless act not only alienates Yvette from Duddy. It ironically destroys the relationship Duddy values most.” (Woodcock43). Duddy stealing the money from Virgil is the worst thing he could possibly do. Yvette repeatedly tells him not too, but he does anyway. Duddy’s greed to own the entire lake is once again put in front of his relationships, and it proves costly. It leaves him alone and without relationships. Duddy’s relationship with Yvette was strong, but he lets his greed get the best of him, and it destroys one of his most important relationships. Mr. Cohen is one of Duddy’s friends that feeds his greed. He does this by giving him business advice. An example of Mr. Cohen doing this is in the quote: “If your going...
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