Women In Mordecai Richler's "The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz"

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In The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, a book written by Mordecai Richler, women are represented as if they are of a lower status than men. The women that are presented in this novel include Yvette Durelle, Minnie Kravitz, Ida Kravitz, Linda Rubin, and Sandra Calder.

Minnie Kravitz is the mother of Duddy. She didn’t really get a chance to have any relationship with Duddy, as she passed away while Duddy was still young. The memories Duddy has of her are next to none; and he is unsure of whether or not she even loved him while she was still alive. Duddy tries to figure out if his mother loved him by questioning his father, Max Kravitz, however his father apathetically responds by telling Duddy, “Sure, why not?” In addition to his father being unaffectionate towards Duddy’s feelings about his mother, he also disrespects his deceased wife by resorting to pimping in order to pay the bills. This reveals that Max doesn’t really possess the feelings a man should have for his wife, as his soliciting behaviour demeans the memories of his wife and women in general. Duddy and his father’s relationship with Minnie would definitely be symbolic of the relationships held with other women throughout the entirety of the novel.

The first relationship Duddy had with a girl would be with Linda Rubin. Duddy believes that Linda truly has feelings for him; however he eventually discovers that she is really the girlfriend of Irwin Shubert, and was only being used by Irwin to cheat him at his roulette game. After Duddy realizes that he has been conned by Irwin, he eventually decides to run off. Once he begins to enjoy...

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