The Apprenticeship of Wild Geese A Comparative Essay Between "The Appreticeship of Duddy Kravitz" by Mordecai Richler and "Wild Geese" by Martha Ostenso

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Wild Geese and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz are two very similar classic Canadian novels. To begin with, the main characters in both books (Caleb Gare and Duddy Kravitz) care only about themselves and what they can get. Furthermore, these main characters both hurt many people along the way to getting what they want. Finally, both novels have their "pathetic" characters that never stand up for themselves and always get pushed around. These two books by Martha Ostenso and Mordecai Richler can be easily compared.

The protagonist's in both novels are similar in their values. Firstly, they both thought that, "nobody helps me except myself - what else should I care about?" Secondly, Caleb and Duddy would have done anything for land or to protect the land they had. Caleb blackmailed Fusi Aronson into selling him land that he lusted after. Caleb also died trying to protect his land when the muskeg swallowed him up.

Whereas Duddy forged cheques, employed, tricked, and manipulated a feeble man (Virgil) so that he became severely injured in a vehicle collision, and worse to procure and protect his land. His grandfather had told him that "a man without land is nobody" so he centered his life around pleasing Simcha by procuring land by whatever means possible. The players of lead roles in these two books have many similar negative attributes.

In both of these somewhat similar novels, the main characters stop at nothing to get what they want even if it hurts someone close to them. In Caleb's case, he "would stop at nothing to achieve some perverse object, or satisfy a groundless grudge." Caleb went to the extent of almost killing his wife (Amelia), and he would of if he hadn't been distracted by the fact that his land/fields were on fire. With...