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The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz Essay

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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz


Duddy's obsession with land lies within his grandfather, Simcha.

When Duddy was small, he spoke those unforgettable words to him,

"A man without land is nobody."


When it seemed as if nobody cared or respected him, Simcha did.

Duddy did not receive the same kind of love from his father or

uncle as Lennie did.  When Duddy comes back from work at, he

asks, "Why [Max] didn't answer any of [his] letters?"  He replies

he wasn't "one for letters."


"But Duddy remembered that when Lennie had worked as a camp

counsellor one summer his father had written every week.  He had

driven out to visit him twice."(pp. 104 & 105)


Duddy did not have the same kind of affection and devotion Lennie

and Max shared.  The same situation came from his uncle, Benjy.

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  He wanted so much to prove them

wrong and he has.  We may say he has gained self assurance,

restating the fact he was a somebody important.  Since his days

at Fletcher's Field High School, he ran a gang based on respect,

not friendship.  Things do not change when he becomes an adult.

Virgil is just one of the people Duddy uses to get money for his

land.  He feels no grief for hurting his so called friends

because he has never experienced true friendship.  His purchasing

of land would push him into higher step in society.  What he

gains is nothing compared to what he loses.


Duddy has lost his innocence.  No longer is he the pure and na‹ve

boy as before, but now a corrupt, immoral man.  Duddy has chosen

a life without conscience or goodness, beginning a life with no

morals and corrupt "friends." He does not think twice to people

he has hurt which displays the deterioration of his character.

He has traded morality for destructive materialistic values.

Simcha believed in him but now looks at him in shame for he knows

the respect he will gain is shallow.  The strangers who respect

him look at his money, not at his heart. To Simcha, money is not

everything.  He has lived a life based on respect but for

character, not riches.  Simcha's words have impacted Duddy's life

but not in the way he wanted, never like this in his darkest

nightmares.  There is no more respect towards Duddy in Simcha's

eyes but in this twisted world, respect from the overall public.

Duddy knows of Simcha disapproves of his actions but at the end,

he does not care, he thinks everything will be all right.  This

is the kind of person he has turned out to be.  Someone who does

not understand what is wrong from right.  His conscience feels

nothing, not even for the person who truly supported him from the

start.  If this is how his mind works for someone he loves, it

frightening to think how his treats someone he hates.  He loses

the meaning of respect and decency and gains a numbness to

corruption.  Simcha's ironic words gained Duddy land but made him

a heartless criminal.

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