Catcher In The Rye Prostitute Analysis

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Holden is able to see people as human beings, as opposed to sexual objects, he appreciates women and has great respect for them. The prostitute entered the room: “She was very nervous, for a prostitute. She really was. I think it was because she was young as hell. She was around my age … She had a tiny little wheeny-whiny voice. You could hardly hear her. She never said thank you, either, when you offered her something. She just didn't know any better (Salinger, pg. 105)” ... “I took her dress over to the closet and hung it up for her. It was funny. It made me feel sort of sad when I hung it up.” (pg. 107). Despite Holden’s reluctance to see her as a human being and not a sexual object, his ability to see her as her own person makes Holden as an asset.…show more content…
Holden analyzes her and everything she does. He thinks about her emotions, tries to guess her age, he notices her tone of voice, and even thinks about how she might feel ashamed of herself for being a prostitute. “I used to play checkers with her all of the time.” “You used to play what with her all the time?” “Checkers.” “Checkers for Chrissake.” ... “Stradlater didn’t say anything.... Stradlater wasn’t hardly listening. He was combing his gorgeous locks (pg. 36-37).” Holden appreciates Jane as a person, whereas Stradlater views her as a sexual object for him to have fun with. Stradlater doesn't care about what Holden's telling him, and Stradlater is distracted by his hair. Indeed, Holden is a humanist and Stradlater is not. This helps Holden be a more moral
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