Prostitution in Literature Analysis

The Issue

(Society and Self, Critical Representations in Literature)

Perhaps the profession that most determines its workers’ identities is prostitution. People who exchange the use of their bodies for money are viewed according to their society’s opinion of prostitution. In ancient Greece and Rome, courtesans were socially accepted; however, respect fell away from prostitution with the rise of Christianity. In modern times, prostitution became associated with urban filth, poverty, and disease.