The friend Duddy meets in high school. Linda Rubin,

The first case of a controversial character is a
friend Duddy meets in high school.  Linda
Rubin, was someone who Duddy trusted. Linda made it seem
like she had feelings in Duddy as well but, as the novel progresses she manipulates
him to waste money in a roulette game “Maybe I’m dirt today. That
bastard of a black marketeer Cohen can give me twenty bucks and a lecture about
gambling and feel good for a whole week. But you listen here, kiddo. It’s not
always going to be like this. If you want to bet on something, then bet on me.
I’m going to be a somebody and that’s for sure.” (Richler, 105). This made
Duddy happy as he finally trusted someone.  However, Linda made it seem like she had
feelings in Duddy as well but, as the novel progresses she manipulates him to
waste money in a roulette game. In addition to Linda another controversial character
in the novel was Max Kravitz and “boy wonder” Jerry Dingleman. As stated above,
Duddy looked up to the advice of his father Max, but he also wondered how “boy wonder”
obtained all this money. This lead Duddy into the greediness in the novel.

 

The definition of greed is the intense and selfish
desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food. In the Apprenticeship
of Duddy Kravitz, this definition of greed is shown throughout the novel. -Duddy
uses people—often convincing them and himself that his intentions are good—that
when he has land, everyone will be taken care of: his grandfather; his girl
Friday, Yvette; and his employee, Virgil. One of his means (when he is too
young for more viable options) for getting rich is to make films of bar
mitzvahs. He is successful—parents want to see their children on film. But his
first effort is an admixture of bizarre images masking as social commentary and
Jewish ritual. (Lundquist1). This quote by Suzanne Lundquist perfectly
describes the definition of greed in the apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. The
role of greed in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, is shown how he treats
characters and how the quote a “man with no land is a nobody”. This quote came
from Duddy’s uncle Bengy.

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