The Respectful Prostitute
is a play
by Jean-Paul Sartre
, written in 1946, which observes a woman prostitute
caught up in a racially tense period of American history
. The audience understands that there has been an incident on a train
with said woman involved, but also a black man of whom the blame is laid upon by the prejudiced
law enforcers. What we come to realize is a white man instigated an attack, but it is in the interests of the law to preserve his future as a white person at the expense of the black 'devil'.
The tale takes a brief look at the loss of freedom inside a cruel world, a subject that dominates Sartre's literary career.