The Catcher in the Rye was published by Jerome David Salinger in 1951. It is one of the most typical initiation novels in the twentieth-century American literature. This novel presents a picture of an adolescent’s world, in which Salinger delicately traces Holden from a spiritually embittered adolescent to his eventual initiation into the society. This research paper mainly analyzes the protagonist Holden’s spiritual growth in the novel. To support the thesis, this paper aims at studying Holden’s initiation journey from rebellion, obedience to the revitalization of selfhood. This paper is composed of five chapters. The first chapter briefly introduces the background of novel, the significance of the study and the organization of the paper. The second chapter is the literature review. The third chapter analyzes Holden’s spiritual growth from rebellion to obedience. The fourth chapter analyzes Holden’s epiphany of selfhood and growth. The fifth chapter is the conclusion.
Key words: spiritual growth; rebellion; obedience; revitalization