The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, by Mordecai Richler: Discussing The Theme of Obsession

Topics: Mordecai Richler, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, English-language films Pages: 3 (1063 words) Published: May 25, 2005
In society, most people have an obsession to some extent, these may include such things as a hobby – collecting antiques; or even as simple as having to have things a certain way. For others though, obsession has a different meaning, they might become obsessed with one special object, or possibly attaining a certain goal. They might go about achieving this goal no matter what the consequences to others might be. Mordecai Richler's book the Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, illustrates one such case of obsession, the title character, Duddy Kravitz becomes obsessed with his grandfather's saying, " ‘ A man without land, is nothing.'", thus starting Duddy on his quest to attain a piece of land. Throughout his quest, Duddy has no regard for the feelings or the relationships he destroys in the process, weather it in his family relations, business relations, or even his personal relations to those that are closest to him.

Duddy was not born into money, his father, Max, was a taxi driver, and pulled in a low income. Max's brother, Benjy had money and always played favourites with Duddy's brother, Lennie by giving him money and opportunities. Duddy always had to struggle for his money, and in one his many struggles he borrows his father's taxi cab, which is his only source of income, but does not return it for three days. He was delivering pin ball machines that he had sold. When he returns he finds his father is furious at him just taking off with the cab without permission. "They found Max at Eddy's, and he was furious, ‘who do you think you are?,' he said ‘that you can run off with my car for three days? Just like that.'" (Richler, 213). Duddy has a way of burning bridges with the people that he most needs, he only thinks of himself, and has no consideration for the feelings of others, even those who does not want to hurt the most. Duddy's grandfather, also known as the Zeyda, is Duddy's mentor and the only person Duddy really looks up to, and the one he does not...
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