The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz takes place in Montréal, Canada; it is the story of an ambitious Jewish boy growing up in a poor neighborhood in Montreal who set his heart on what his grandfather had told him “A man without a land is nobody.”
As a youth, Duddy is something of a brat and a bully. ”Duddy became the first boy ever to be expelled from the parochial school, he was sent home for a week.” He would cheat and lie and get away with almost anything he did. "Duddy told the boys about his brother Bradley. I got a letter from him only yesterday aft. As soon as I'm finished up at Fletcher’s Field he wants me to come down to Arizona to help out on the ranch.”
As Duddy got older he began to seek after what his grandfather has told him. He went to work in his uncle Benjy’s dress factory for sixteen dollars a week. He also worked in Ste Agathe, as a waiter at a hotel. While working in Ste Agathe he meets one of the maids Yvette. Duddy and Yvette had become to have a close companionship towards one another. Yvette also aids Duddy in achieving his life long goal to have his land, because he is a minor and he cannot legally own land, Yvette signs off the papers for the land under her name. “The farmers would be wary of a young Jew, they might jack up prices or even refuse to sell, but another French-Canadian would not be a subject" The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is a novel of morality due to the fact that Duddy's character shows that he lacks attention of others, has no compassion toward the people surrounding him, and his insistence in achieving his goals and standards of life. Moreover, Duddy is a very ambitious character and would set aside anything and everything to pursue his goals. He’s very sharp and intuitive young man, and if he sets his mind on something he will achieve, although he may not choose the right road ahead of him.
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