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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz - Role of Women
Transcript of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz - Role of Women
Truly he does not care about Yvette but, wants the satisfaction of knowing she "belongs" to him Duddy treats Yvette with disrespect and as an object that he can use only when it is beneficial and convenient for him Statement 2 Duddy does not have the best relationship with his father and because they are relates, they posses some of the same qualities. Duddy's lack of respect for woman and habit of objectifying them is much like his fathers relationship with Josette. Josette is a prostitute who has to deal with the feeling of being objectified throughout her whole adolescence This behavior shows lack of respect towards women Josette is an example of a typical underestimated twentieth century woman She does what she is told without question until she is needed by a man She is taken as a joke and is belittled Unlike Yvette, she does not maintain the confidence to speak up for herself Statement 3 Aunt Ida is another woman who under-goes the feeling that comes from judgemental men of the twentieth century Ida was unable to have children, Benjy had a hard time coping with this. He would constantly tell her to go to the doctors to figure out the problem. He makes her feel incompetent, useless and drowns her in guilt. Without the ability to have children, she was useless to Benjy. "He was trying to murder me with guilt." (Richler238) " Conclusion The author emphasizes the role of women in the twentieth century through Yvette's role in her and Duddy's relationship, Josette's fear to stand up for herself and Ida's feelings of guilt and worthlessness. Ida Josette Yvette