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The rumble fish in Hinton's novel of the same name is symbolic of the violence and the possibility for violence that exists throughout the narrative. Motorcycle Boy looks to them at the end of the...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019, 5:28 pm (UTC)

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To me, the mood in this book is really quite dark and depressing. I say this because the social conditions that Rusty-James and his family are living in are quite unpleasant. Rusty-James is living...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2010, 12:05 am (UTC)

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I'll provide you with the three major themes of the novel. "Alienation and Abandonment" is at the heart of Rusty-James' problems. His mother has deserted the family and he still suffers from having...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2012, 4:14 pm (UTC)

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Rusty James is a tall fourteen-year-old boy with dark red hair and brown eyes. By the end of the book he becomes color-blind and has a scar on his side from a knife fight. Other characters in the...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019, 11:56 pm (UTC)

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Motorcycle Boy is shot dead by the police near the end of the story. Rumble Fish is basically one big flashback. The story begins with Rusty and Steve Hays randomly meeting each other at a beach...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016, 8:37 pm (UTC)

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Patty is Rusty-James's girlfriend. She is an older sister to some brothers, and she frequently has to stay at home to take care of those kids because her mother is a nurse that works the night...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2018, 1:00 am (UTC)

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Rusty-James is the novel's protagonist, and he is fourteen years old during the main events of the novel. Because of his gang relations and violence-filled life, he acts like someone much older...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2019, 3:53 pm (UTC)

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S.E. Hinton uses figurative language such as similes, metaphors, personification, repetition, and alliteration. California is like a beautiful wild kid on heroin, high as a kite and thinking she's...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2019, 5:01 am (UTC)

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The primary conflict in Susan E. Hinton's novel, Rumble Fish, concerns the relationship between Rusty-James and his brother, The Motorcycle Boy. The Motorcycle Boy has attempted to leave his former...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2010, 3:51 am (UTC)

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Susan E. Hinton's teen novel, Rumble Fish, deals with the gang violence that rules the life of young Rusty-James and, previously, his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy. The former leader of a...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2010, 1:52 am (UTC)

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The older brother of Rusty-James, Motorcycle Boy is "...born in the wrong era, on the wrong side of the river, with the ability to do anything and finding nothing he wants to do." He seems older...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2011, 10:51 pm (UTC)

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Rusty-James grows color blind because he is depressed at his brother Motorcycle Boy’s death and his proximity to it. Rusty-James makes several references to color and blindness. For example, he...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2012, 12:20 am (UTC)

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There are a few major themes. They are: fate, alienation/abondonment, hopelessness, and poverty. The main character has to grapple with a sense that his life is hopeless and that nothing can...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2008, 6:17 am (UTC)

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Another symbol in the story is that of the river. The river represents hope, the possibility of rebirth. The Motorcycle Boy wonders if the Siamese fighting fish would be quite so aggressive in an...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2019, 7:04 am (UTC)

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Readers get two quotes very early on in chapter 1 that start to clue us in to the notion that Rusty is not comfortable with being alone. Take the following quote for example: Like I said. My...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2019, 11:20 pm (UTC)

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Rusty-James fights with a rival gang member, Biff Wilcox, and wins. Rusty bumps into his friend Steve at a party. Steve notices a scar on Rusty’s side and asks Rusty about it. Rusty admits he got...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2018, 7:39 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of the second chapter of S.E. Hinton’s “Rumble Fish”, the author uses foreshadowing to set up events that are yet to come. This literary technique establishes a mood for a scene by...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019, 6:22 pm (UTC)

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Rusty-James is the protagonist of this story, and his conflict is both man vs. society and man vs. self. His tendency to not think of his past or future, to act too much in the moment, is the...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2008, 10:50 am (UTC)

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I would say that Rusty meeting his old friend, Steve Hays, on the beach at the beginning of the story is the first important event that is narrated to readers. It is not the first event in...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019, 5:02 pm (UTC)

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Author Susan E. Hinton's third novel (following The Ousiders and That Was Then, This is Now), Rumble Fish was first published in 1975, but Hinton had written most of it much earlier. Parts of the...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2012, 1:24 am (UTC)

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Rusty-James’s life is going downhill fast. He gets expelled from school because he generally does not care about school. He will be sent to Cleveland High, “the school where they sent everybody...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2012, 12:55 am (UTC)

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In the novel Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton, Steve and Rusty James have not seen each other in five or six years. Rusty James tells Steve that he was at the reformatory for five years. One of the...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2015, 4:09 pm (UTC)

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I assume that the Motorcycle Boy sees a symbolic connection with the "rumble fish" in the pet store. The rumble fish are actually Siamese fighting fish--beautifully colored fish that must be...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2011, 8:51 am (UTC)

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One of Hinton's main messages in Rumble Fish is how there is a great deal of sadness in life. The darkness of Rumble Fish speaks to this. There is no restoration, and little redemption in it....

Latest answer posted June 24, 2014, 11:29 pm (UTC)

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An action-packed novel, the most important scene comes as the climax of S. E. Hinton's Rumble Fish. At the end of Chapter 10, Rusty-James gives up the leadership of the gang to Smokey, who also...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2011, 6:33 am (UTC)

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Motorcycle Boy compares himself to Robin Hood, Jesse Hames, and the Pied Piper. Motorcycle Boy finds out that the picture a photographer took of him was published in a magazine. Rusty-James says he...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2019, 7:27 pm (UTC)

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In the book, Motorcycle Boy seems fascinated with the Rumble fish or Siamese fighting fish in Mr. Dobson's store. When Rusty asks him why each fish has to be kept in a separate fishbowl, Motorcycle...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016, 7:28 pm (UTC)

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The author uses the river as a symbol to represent the opposite of what it usually signifies. Traditionally, a river, or water, would stand for life, cleansing and renewal, but in Rumble Fish, the...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2010, 1:15 am (UTC)

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I don't think he's a hero at all. His life seems completely pointless. He never accomplishes anything and he never really does anything positive. I think that's why he never gets a name. He's...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2011, 2:44 am (UTC)

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The river could symbolize a couple of things that are closely related. I think the river is symbolic of rebirth and/or freedom. The Motorcycle Boy uses the term "Rumble Fish" to describe the...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2018, 3:45 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2011, 9:28 am (UTC)

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When Rusty-James bumps into Steve Hays on the beach, he doesn't recognize him at first. But after a short while, his memory kicks into gear. He now remembers Steve as someone he used to hang out...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2020, 12:00 pm (UTC)

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Rusty James is fourteen but he acts much older. Like his father he smokes and drinks. Rusty James is detached from his girlfriend the same way that his father is detached from him and his...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2007, 5:06 am (UTC)

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Rusty gets stabbed in Chapter Three. In this chapter, Biff Wilcox threatens to kill Rusty for saying something less than complimentary to a girl named Anita. Biff begins the fight in a bad state....

Latest answer posted June 13, 2016, 6:50 pm (UTC)

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I tend to prefer picking quotes that help illustrate a character or a theme. The following quotes all help show readers that Rusty is a character that appears to be quite tough; however, he does...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019, 2:42 pm (UTC)

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One of the most interesting life lessons displayed in the book is whether or not individuals can transcend their environment. Motorcycle Boy and Rusty- James are characters that are attune and...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2009, 7:32 am (UTC)

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S.E. Hinton never does actually resolve the main conflicts of her novel Rumble Fish. Rather, she ends her story of alienated youth with the story's most heroic figure, Motorcycle Boy, dead at the...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2014, 4:30 pm (UTC)

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After that tragic evening when Motorcycle Boy was shot to death by the police, Steve decided to do everything he could to leave town. He began to believe that, if he wanted to get anywhere in life,...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016, 6:44 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 2 of Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton, Rusty-James refers to Steve as his best friend several times. According to Rusty-James, one of the reasons why is that he has known Steve longer than...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2018, 3:28 pm (UTC)

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Rusty-James' admiration for his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy, borders on hero-worship and idolatry. He wants to be just like his brother--tough, intelligent and the leader of his own gang....

Latest answer posted November 5, 2011, 11:16 pm (UTC)

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By "main problem," I believe that the question is referring to the central conflict. I have to pick two central conflicts because they are woven together and equally central. The first conflict is...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016, 2:17 pm (UTC)

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The primary themes of the book relate to alienation and hopelessness - the sense that there is no escape from the forces which determine the life of the main character, Rusty James. Some quotes...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2008, 12:22 pm (UTC)

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Rumble Fish takes place in a southwestern town. It is not clearly identified in the book, but the author has said that it is her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the work, the characters live on...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2007, 6:42 am (UTC)

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There are several literary devices used in the book. One of the most notable is the use of slang. The book is written in a tough, short style, as Rusty-James would speak but without any curse...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2009, 2:10 pm (UTC)

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A writer uses the exposition to introduce the characters, setting, events, and any other relevant background information of a story; the exposition is always found at the beginning of a story....

Latest answer posted October 25, 2015, 7:25 am (UTC)

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The antagonist in Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton is Biff Wilcox. Biff threatens Rusty-James because he talked to Anita. Instead of trying to resolve the misunderstanding in a humane manner, Biff tells...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2019, 10:06 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of Rumble Fish, Rusty-James is spending time on the beach, having recently gotten out of the reformatory. On the beach, Rusty-James runs into his old friend Steve. The novel...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2018, 10:13 pm (UTC)

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Probably the main internal conflict that arises in S. E. Hinton's Rumble Fish concerns the relationship between Rusty-James and his brother, the Motorcycle Boy. Rusty-James idolizes his older...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2011, 1:17 am (UTC)

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Chapter 1 begins about 5 or 6 years ahead of when most of the book takes place. The reader is introduced to the main character, Rusty-James. Chapter 2 then flashes back to 6 years earlier....

Latest answer posted August 21, 2015, 3:31 pm (UTC)

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When identifying tone in a story or novel, you are looking at how the subject matter is treated by the narrator. Mood is the feeling you get from the story. In the novel Rumble Fish the narrator is...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2013, 10:36 pm (UTC)

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