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The novel is based in Montreal Canada of the early twentieth century where teachers believed in strapping and immigrants travelling to Canada to start a new life Duddy Kravitz a student of Fletcher Field High in the class of Mr Macpherson one of the few teachers who are against strapping Many students took advantage of him and even gambled with Jerry Dingleman to win tickets which were given by Mr Macpherson to good students Duddy is a boy who always wants to be someone he is not His constant shaving to earn a beard and his actions shows he wants to be an adult His grandfather Simcha has told him that by achieving lands will make him successful Giving the statement a man without land is a nobody Duddy therefore was in search of a land which he finds later in the novel Similar to the essay possessing land was very important to people in Canada during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century As they mentioned in the essay Canada used to have lands divided amongst the class and race of the people In the novel Duddy lived in the area between the poor and middle class with Jewish immigrants The essay also states the strong religious faiths of Canadians However the novel mentions many situations of sinful acts When Irwin Shurbert a 19-year-old lawyer and Linda Rubin daughter of the hotel owner plans to con Duddys hard-earned money in a roulette game it shows the corruption of the people in the town Because of this setup it has led Duddy to be irresponsible when he made love with Yvette Durelle a French Canadian denying to marry because of his young age and he wanted to marry a wealthy woman Although didnt mention Canada to be an ideal religious place but the examples and qualities given have made readers to believe Canadians are stereotypically religious The example such as the Canadian writer Stephen
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