In Bud, Not Buddy, how does Bud change over the course of the story?

In Bud, Not Buddy, Bud changes over the course of the story by becoming more self-confident and assertive. By the time we reach the end of the story, Bud is no longer the passive young boy he was at the start. He's considerably more mature, with a greater sense of responsibility for his own destiny.

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I would argue that there are few ways in which Bud does not change during the course of his story. His circumstances change, he starts to grow up, and he becomes part of a group that he can call his family.

When we first meet Bud, he is a ten-year-old boy hardened by the failures of the foster care system. He is not above revenge, which we learn when he pours warm water on Todd so that his soon-to-be-former foster brother will get into trouble for having wet the bed. Later, he shows himself to be responsible and more than willing to do his part.

Initially, Bud is a boy willing to do pretty much anything on a whim, such as going to "ride the rails" with his friend Bugs. Later, despite some initially unwelcoming signals from the man who turns out to be his grandfather, Bud shows determination to stick with his new band family.

Over the course of the story, we see Bud take an increasingly proactive approach to life. This starts with his decision to not return to the orphanage after the...

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