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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz - Role of Women

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amelia neubauer

on 22 January 2013

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Transcript of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz - Role of Women

The Role of Women The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Quote... Statement 1 " Throughout the novel, Yvette purchases land in St. Agathe on Duddy's behalf. In today's society, this would give Yvette a valid opinion in the company. However, Duddy mistreats and disrespects her. This emphasizes her role as a twentieth century woman. "Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short and wear shirts and boots because it's okay to be a boy, but for girls it's like a promotion. But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading, according to you, because secretly you believe that being a girl is degrading." - Ian McEwan Duddy never takes Yvette out in public, because he is afraid to be seen with a French-Canadian maid. When Yvette is speaking, Duddy ignores her and gives her the answer she is wanting to make her stop talking. " He didn't even introduce you to anyone here" (Richler 163) Yvette loves Duddy , while his only interest is making money. This makes Yvette feel worthless. Virgil moves into the apartment building and him and Yvette become good friends and spend a lot of time together. Duddy becomes jealous of Virgil
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
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