Holden Caulfield is portrayed as a cynical, jaded teenager who is extremely judgmental and critical of others. As a traumatized, neurotic adolescent, Holden fears growing up and entering the competitive world of adults. He views adults as complete phonies and believes that most people are insincere frauds who pretend to be somebody they are not in order to preserve their reputations.
In chapter two, Holden demonstrates his judgmental personality by criticizing his former headmaster, Mr. Haas, for attempting to make a good impression on the parents when they visit. Holden says,
One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies. That's all. They were coming in the goddam window. For instance, they had this headmaster, Mr. Haas, that was the phoniest bastard I ever met in my life. Ten times worse than old Thurmer. On Sundays, for instance, old Haas went around shaking hands with everybody's parents when they drove up to school. He'd be charming as hell...
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