How does Rusty James's character change in the novel Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton?

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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 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.

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