The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz Analysis

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Individuals can shape a community just as much as a community can shape an individual. In the novel the apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler, there is many prime example of this. A boy, a troublemaker, is shaped greatly by his community because he was trying to please people but at the same time he was trying to seek for attention. Through doing the things that made him the rebellious boy he was, he also shaped his community. Throughout this course we have went over several other texts that show, exponentially how community and individual shape each other. Whether this be in forms of poem, novel, report or video, there is always some kind of relationship between the two. The Village of the Small Houses: a memoir of sorts,…show more content…
Duddy was always being looked down on for these things, which may have made him work harder and want to do better. Duddy was the favorite waiter in the dining room as he could wait on more tables than all the other boys in the same amount of time. The boys did not like this, they claimed Duddy would do anything for a dollar but Duddy was just trying to get money so he could get land and please his grandfather. His grandfather claimed that “‘a man without land is nothing’”(Richler, 49). By his grandfather saying this, it greatly shaped the way Duddy looked at life, he worked hard for everything but also tried to find loopholes, so he could achieve it easier. Duddy left working at the hotel to try other things to make money, he sold bathroom supplies and pinball machines, he made movies, pretty much anything he could to get one step closer to the land he had a desire to have. One of Duddys other goals was to meet the boy wonder. Duddy 's father looked up to the boy wonder, the boy wonder was raised on the streets but still made something of himself, therefore Duddy also looked up to him, as he desired to be like the boy wonder, successful. Duddy did eventually meet the boy wonder but once Duddy started to move around and go different places with actually successful people, he realized that the BW was…show more content…
This impact shaped how the people of halifax would live and go about their days. A decade after cleanup, Halifax residents reluctant to swim in once polluted harbour by Michael MacDonald states that the residents that lived in halifax had been dumping sewage into the harbour for more than 250 years, and they were working hard to get it clean. The community was making an effort to make this water suitable and covenant, although it was “‘not just about swimming. It 's About changing [their] relationship with the harbour.’” (MacDonald 2), it was important to get the community to realize that the water was safe for them and their families. No one wanted to go swimming because of what had once been. Having the harbour so unavailable for so many years shaped everyone in the surrounding community to not trust it. This example also works the other way around, the individual shaped the community tremendously. If it were not for the individuals headship, the harbour would still be contaminated with sewage. The individual shaped this community by cleaning it up and making the area a usable and pleasant place to be. Individuals shape a community and a community will shape the individual. Duddy was shaped at a young age by his school and home life, he continued to be shaped all throughout his life whether he was working for someone else or
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