Duddy Kravitz

Good Essays
Man will follow through with his actions till he has succeeded and fulfilled his dream. Merriam-Webster once said an anti-hero is one who “is conspicuously lacking in notable heroic qualities.” This is clearly shown by Mordecai Richler through the character of Duddy Kravitz in “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.” Duddy will stop at nothing to achieve his dream of owning land by forging an identity, working overtime, and using a girl. All of his actions occur due to the saying which his grandfather, Simcha emphasized, “a man without land is nobody.”

Duddy Kravitz uses all of his contacts to his ability in order to gain success within. Through the strengthening relationship of a boy named Virgil who he had met on the train and had made business deals with, Duddy dragged him out to the end to have him end up as one who could easily be walked over. In the first place, Virgil was epileptic but after a recent car accident linked through Duddy’s business deal he remained handicapped. Duddy became immediately intrigued in the fact that he could borrow money from him to purchase the land when he came to the conclusion he had a good amount of money but because Yvette forced him not to, Duddy had to take action. He ended up forging Virgil’s signature and depositing a cheque in his own name. “Disguising his voice, he told the bank manager, “This is Mr. Roseboro speaking.” He gave the address. “I am sending Mr. Kravitz down to have a cheque certified for me please” (Richler 364). With Virgil stating, “he can do anything” after Duddy retrieved the money, the incident remains unheard of to Virgil. Furthermore, the whole idea of forging identity has always been on Duddy’s mind based on the “thought of forging Mr. Cohen’s signature on a cheque, depositing it to his own account, and writing another cheque against it…” (Richler 358). In conclusion, Duddy will steal illegally when he becomes desperately close to achieving his goal.

Although the thought of dislike is

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    Duddy Kravitz

    • 469 Words
    • 2 Pages

    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…

    • 469 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Duddy Kravitz

    • 928 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is a story about a young boy who is willing to do anything to get what he wants. The novel shows how we live in a materialistic society in which people are more concerned with achieving financial success rather than living in a life guided by clear morals and fair values. The three characters in the story that is more concerned with financial success rather than clear morals are: Duddy Kravitz, Jerry…

    • 928 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    basis of who we are and how we live our lives. Growing up, these personalities are formed through associations and manipulations of the personalities of others. This is clearly evident in Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. In this novel, we follow Duddy Kravitz's life from early adolescence to adulthood. Throughout the novel, signs are given as to the development of Duddy's good and bad personalities. Even at the early stages, Duddy's uncle Benjy was the only one who could identify…

    • 1100 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Duddy Kravitz Analysis

    • 482 Words
    • 2 Pages

    March 27th Is Duddy Kravitz an Anti-Hero ? Matt. P 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…

    • 482 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Duddy Kravitz Analysis

    • 210 Words
    • 1 Page

    Similar to Santiago, the young Jewish boy Duddy Kravitz in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz has the same passion and ambition towards his goal. Duddy Kravitz was with his grandfather Simcha Kravitz in the backyard. Simcha told Duddy that “A man without land is nobody.” (Mordecai Richler, 49). Duddy Kravitz took his advice to heart and literally. Simcha is the only one who saw potential in him; Duddy did not want him to be disappointed and also wanted to show that he can achieve a great feat on…

    • 210 Words
    • 1 Page
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Amselem September 17th 2013 THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ BY: MORDECHAI RICHLER Write a short paragraph to introduce your book. Mordechai Richler’s novel, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, was about a young Jewish boy, named Duddy Kravitz, who lived in in Montreal during the 1940s and was raised by a poor family. His entire life, all he wanted was to become a wealthy man with a piece of land. Duddy grew up surrounded by anti-Semitism and unfortunately, he eventually…

    • 589 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler In the novel The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Mordecai Richler punishes Duddy for his wrongs against others in several ways. Each punishment fits the crime, and there is an irony about each one. The three punishments inflicted on Duddy at the end of the novel are the loss of Simcha's love, the loss of his friends, and the absence of any funds to build on his property. The loss of Simcha's love is a devastating blow for Duddy. This is…

    • 523 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz 1. My impression of Duddy Kravitz after reading the first chapter is that Duddy is that he is one of the more obnoxious students at FFHS; he smokes and ignores teacher’s commands. Also he talks back to teachers. He seems to be more of a bad apple and tries to be the “funny/cool” one in his class, by drawing on the board and performing stunts like the one he did to the pastor at the new church by convincing him to hand out pamphlets at the school. He terrorizes…

    • 1008 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Duddy Kravitz Analysis

    • 569 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Understanding pages 161-176 of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Summary Key Chapter 7 – When Duddy comes home from his movie screening, he is greeted by his father and Uncle Benjy. They inform him that Lennie is gone. All of his belongings are gone and he has left a note saying he's quit medical school. Duddy decides to take charge of the situation and visit Lennie's friends to get some information about the situation. Later that night, Duddy finds himself having a hard time falling asleep as…

    • 569 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Duddy Kravitz Ruthless

    • 980 Words
    • 4 Pages

    what they want….Whether it is morally right or wrong. In the Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, the main character Duddy is a ruthless manipulator who will stop at nothing to pursue his dreams. Other than his own family, he walked over any person in his path to achieve his goals. Most people would look at this as a very shrewed way of living and find it morally incorrect. On the other hand, you may hate the way Duddy worked, but you have to respect a man with such strong ambiton and drive to become…

    • 980 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays