Why does Holden have such an easy time lying to others, even his teacher? What does this say about his morality and respect for elders?
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Holden justifies his lying by thinking he is intellectually and socially above adults: adults are phony and he is authentic. Lying is just a coping mechanism that helps Holden grasp his tenuous sense of reality. This shows Holden to be rather immature even though his observations often have a ring of truth to them