In what ways did Kenny think Rufus could be his personal savior?

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The arrival of a new kid at school seems to be the answer to Kenny's prayers. The new kid—Rufus Fry—sticks out like a sore thumb with his gangling demeanor, his thick Southern accent, and his ragged clothes that he seems to wear all the time. All of a sudden, the...

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The arrival of a new kid at school seems to be the answer to Kenny's prayers. The new kid—Rufus Fry—sticks out like a sore thumb with his gangling demeanor, his thick Southern accent, and his ragged clothes that he seems to wear all the time. All of a sudden, the high school kids have someone else they can pick on, and this takes a little of the heat off the perennially shy, awkward Kenny.

This may seem like a selfish attitude, but when you are being bullied as often as Kenny, anything that makes school life a little less unbearable is a welcome relief, even if it means that someone else is getting the same kind of treatment. The arrival of Rufus initially gives Kenny a bit of a confidence boost, allowing him to join in with picking on Rufus for always wearing the same clothes. But this is not who Kenny really is, and before long, he and Rufus are the best of pals. Rufus really is Kenny's savior—just not quite in the way he originally envisaged.

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Before Rufus came along, Kenny had been the butt of the other kids jokes and taunts. When the new kid, Rufus, comes aboard, Kenny realizes he is a loner, as well. Kenny believes that Rufus will be his"saver" by taking the mean spirited attention away from Kenny, and having it directed at himself.

Initially, Kenny even participates in the jeers and taunts, but then discovers he does not care to be one of those kids and stops. Eventually, a friendship will occur between the two outcasts.

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