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Who is Stradlater? Why does Holden refer to him as a "secret slob"? What does...
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Ward Stradlater is Holden's roommate at Pencey Prep. Stradlater is a lady's man, and jock, and boastful about his sexual prowess with the ladies. Stradlater is going on a date with Jane, who is a childhood friend of Holden's. He obviously has a strong emotional attachment to her, based on his reaction to Stradlater mentioning her name. Stradlater uses Holden for his jacket (which Holden is afraid Ward will stretch out with the broad shoulders) and to write his descriptive essay while he (Ward) is out with Jane.
Holden calls Stradlater a secret slob because, to the outside world, Stradlater looks great. However, Holden notices that he doesn't take great care of the small, personal items. Holden notices that Stradlater shaves with a dirty, gross razor. This is one of the first glimpses the audience gets of Holden's cynical, critical nature.
Posted by katemschultz on October 1, 2008 at 10:40 AM (Answer #1)
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Ward Stradlater is Holden's roommate at Pencey Prep. Although Stradlater is good looking, Holden thinks he's is a slob because he shaves with a dirty razor. He's also careless of other people's feelings. When he's going out of a date with Jane, a girl Holden really likes, Stradlater treats the date like it's another sexual conquest. He then has the audacity to ask Holden to write an essay for him. Holden complies but writes the essay about his own brother's baseball mitt, not about a room or house, the assigned topic. Stradlater and Holden have a fight over the composition, which is probably just as much about Stadlater's date with Jane as it is the essay.
Posted by ms-mcgregor on October 1, 2008 at 10:46 AM (Answer #2)
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