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 Dingleman and Mr. Cohen. The first character in the story that cares about financial success is Duddy Kravitz. Duddy shows this by ripping off Mr. Cohen on the film, ripping off Virgil on the pinball machines and taking Virgil’s money. When Duddy first started his film company his first customer is Mr. Cohen. Since Duddy is in need of money for his land, he tries to get as much money as he can for the poorly made bar mitzvah film. “For twenty-five hundred dollars in all I’ll make you a silent partner” (p.151). Even though Mr. Cohen is a good friend to Duddy, he still tries to get the most amount of money he can out of him. The next thing Duddy does to show he cares more about financial success is he rips Virgil off on the pinball machines. Duddy tells Virgil that he will give him a thousand dollars for all of the machines. After Duddy sells the machines he gives Virgil a truck that is not worth the amount of money he owes him. “Duddy, I’m very tired. I want to go to sleep. I know that truck isn’t costing you more than five or six hundred dollars” (p.222). Lastly, the worst thing Duddy does is that he forges a check from Virgil to pay for his land. “He forged the signature by holding the cheque and a letter Virgil had signed up to the window and tracing slowly” (p.316). This shows the true evil side of Duddy and the side that wins in the end.
The second person in the novel that shows he cares more about financial success rather than having clear morals is