Women of "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" by Mordecai Richler

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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 and importance than men. These female characters include Yvette Durelle, Minnie Kravitz, Ida Kravitz, Linda Rubin, and Sandra Calder. Each of these female characters are in possession of negative attributes; ranging from helplessness, to deceitfulness, and all the way up to inanimateness.

Minnie Kravitz is the mother of Duddy Kravitz. Because she passed away while Duddy was still young, the establishment of a mother-son relationship was prevented. 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 Max being unaffectionate towards Duddy’s feelings concerning his mother, he also defiles the memories of his deceased wife by resorting to pimping as a method of paying the bills. This reveals that Max doesn’t really possess the feelings a man should have for his deceased 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 and representations of other women throughout the entirety of the novel.

The first relationship Duddy had with a girl was 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...

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...lthough she is abused, she vacuously decides to maintain the relationship on the contrary to abandoning it. When she finally realizes the fiend that Duddy truly is, she then displays an emotional tangent by venting to Duddy’s uncle, Simcha Kravitz, about all the wretched and deceitful deeds that grandson has engaged in. Her ambivalent emotions also played a part in the reason why she didn’t leave Duddy in the first place; as she still had feelings for him even though he had mistreated her. Finally, Yvette was involved in intimate relationships throughout the entire novel. One of which was with Duddy, and the other of which was with Duddy’s “friend”, Virgil Roseboro. Whilst Yvette was a stereotypical woman, her emotional attributes ultimately resulted in a positive outcome; she did not become influenced by Duddy and did not end up becoming morally deprived.

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