How does the fight between Stradlater and Holden show that Holden is looking for someone to like and respect? Explain.

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daveb eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm not entirely sure that it does show this.

To me, that fight is a better example of the fact that Holden will go out of his way to argue with anyone. In this case, Holden actually pushes things too far, and gets physically beaten as a result. I think that beating was something that Stradlater would have just as well avoided, but Holden kept on about it.

Holden does say that he likes Stradlater, and in some ways, he demonstrates that he is jealous of Stradlater, so I think he does like and respect him...but I don't know that he is looking for that, per se. 

Dave Becker

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