Rumble Fish Themes

This Study Guide consists of approximately 65 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Rumble Fish.
This section contains 1,027 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Rumble Fish Study Guide
Poverty

Although Steve and Rusty James agree that their neighborhood is not "the slums," they note that it's "crummy." They live in a poor area. Steve's family is better off because his father apparently has a job, but Rusty James and the Motorcycle Boy have to scavenge, steal, and hope their father won't drink up all of his welfare check before they get a piece of it. When Rusty James is hungry, he finds some sardines, crackers, and milk in the kitchen, remarking, "I ain't picky. I like about anything." The reader gets the sense that there was how I feel. Jivey, juiced up, just alive. The lights, I mean, and all the people." In contrast, nothing else in the book causes him to vary from his heavy emotional tone. Going to the lake with friends or making out with his girlfriend don't provide the pleasure that it seems...

(read more from the Themes section)

This section contains 1,027 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Rumble Fish Study Guide
Copyrights
Novels for Students
Rumble Fish from Novels for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.