S. E. Hinton Writing Styles in Rumble Fish

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First-Person Narrative

The book is written in first person from Rusty James's point of view, which allows the reader to see events only as Rusty James sees them, leading to some interesting questions about Rusty James's perception and how much of it is accurate. In particular, it's not clear whether his suspicions of some adults are correct or not. For example, he is cynical about Cassandra and her motives and doesn't trust her because she gave up her rich family to come and live in his bad neighborhood and follow his brother around. He is also suspicious of Coach Ryan because Ryan is friendly with him. Although it's clear that both Coach Ryan and Cassandra have problems and motives of their own, readers may wonder whether they're as bad, or as selfish or phony, as Rusty James thinks they are.

In addition, the one-sided presentation of events from Rusty...

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