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What is the significance of Duddy's recurring dream in Part 2, Chapter 3?

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Posted April 21, 2009 at 12:02 AM via web

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What is the significance of Duddy's recurring dream in Part 2, Chapter 3?

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soph17 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 21, 2009 at 12:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Ever since Simcha told Duddy that "a man without land is nobody"(49), he is constantly searching for self worth through the acquisition of material wealth. He thinks that by acquiring the land, he will understand himself and be worthy of the love and acceptance he craves so desperately.

The "dream that was to become a recurrent nightmare"(143), is symbolic of Duddy's insecurity and fear that someone will interfere in the acquisition of his dream (the land).

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