In the novel Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton how did Rusty James's character change/develop throughout the story?
Rumble Fish is a coming of age story, where a young man learns about life and about himself. The main character does not change much throughout the book though. Rusty-James seems to have no future and no potential. He is stuck in a dead-end life with no immediate means of getting out. At the end of the book, his friend Steve has made the decision to leave this life and make a better one, but Rusty-James still cannot see a different future. Rusty-James’s biggest change is that he goes from fighting others to fighting himself, like the fish. He tries to hurt himself, rather than others.