Rumble Fish

” Rumble Fish. They would kill each other if they could”.” If  you leaned a mirror against the bowl they’d kill themselves fighting their own reflection” page 111

These quotes are metaphors for Rusty James’ relationship with his brother and the way both live their lives. Explain using examples from the book.

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22 responses to “Rumble Fish

  1. ” They would kill each other if they could” means, that his brother dosnt want him to follow and that he could snap and kill Rusty in a mater of seconds. They dont get along as they use to before he went off to California. He also said that he didn’t want to be a leader and he believes that Rusty is following him like a little pupie. And it also said in the book that he was like a river, only flows one way.

    ” If you leaned a miror against the bowl they’d kill themselves fighting their own reflection” means, Rusty is trying to live up to his own brother to be like him but his brother can’t live it down. He dosnt want to hurt his brother.

    • Hey but Karrsia that doesn’t explain “If you leaned a miror against the bowl they’d kill themselves fighting their own reflection.”

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  5. Thank you Harveer

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  7. I think the metaphor’s “They would kill each other if they could” and “If you leaned a mirror against the bowl they’d kill themselves fighting their own reflection” relates more to James and Motorcycle Boy’s relationship than the fishes. The fishes represent the brother’s because Rusty James would do almost anything to be better than his brother. Motorcycle Boy was eventually supposed to die due to his behaviors and his “insanity”. But if Russel does the same thing he would die too. That way they actually killed each other. Motorcycle Boy could kill Russel by being an example to him. Russel could kill him by always trying to be better than him get to the point where he’s frustrated and kill him.

    • Rusty James and Motorcycle Boy were very different from the other people in the neighborhood. James was one of the toughest kids there. If they had another “him” he might end up getting hurt. That relates to how the fishes were fighting their reflection. Which means they were fighting themselves. Motorcycle Boy liked his space. He used to venture out on his bike and visit places alone. He also thought biking was a one man thing. With another kind of him, Motorcycle Boy wouldn’t be very pleased with another biker in the area.

      The fishes in the bowl are similar to the hopeless, and poor environment the brothers lived in. Motorcycle Boy realized how the environment were holding them down. So he wanted to set them free and see if they could live better in the river.

  8. “They would kill each other if they could” means “he could snap and kill Rusty in a matter of seconds” because Rusty fallows him around. He was like a river, only flows one way.

    “If you leaned a mirror against the bowl they’d kill themselves fighting their own reflection” mean what Touseef said James and Motorcycle Boy’s relationship than the fishes. The fishes represent the brother’s because Rusty James would do almost anything to be better than his brother. And that fighting your on reflection would be hard and you would be tired because fighting your self is like looking in a mirr and fighting your self or in a lake or water and fighting your self.

  9. I dont think they are talking about the brothers, I think he is talking about himself, when he looks himself in the mirror he wants to fight it. He doesn’t like himself, what he is, what he does, therefore he got himself killed. He didnt like his life, and Rusty james doesn’t understand what Motorcycle Boy is going through. For that one second when the cops were holding him down he new what Motorcycle Boy was seeing a hearing.

  10. I think that motercycle boy is refering to himself, the fighting fish are him. He dosent like what he has become. Thats why he feels he is constantly fighting himself. I think thats why he killed him self, he dosent want his brother to become what he is. Motercycle boy cant live his reputation down thats why he eventually wanted to kill himself, just like the reaging fish.

    When motercycle boy says ” Wonder if they’d act that way in the river” I thought he was thinking about death right here.” I wonder if I would still be the way I am if I was in heaven. Right now im in a bowl trapped in my own world that I have created for myself that I hate. But I wonder whats futher on, outside of that bowl , in a river, in heaven.”

  11. I think the metaphor “They could kill each other if they could” means that he could kill Rusty James in a matter of seconds because as he said in the book Rusty keeps on following him, It Also means that the rumble fish represents the boys, are trapped in an eviornment of poverty(No money). Motorcycle boy tries to free the fish to see that if they could do better in a river but he falls short for his goal . He is pursued(captured) and killed by the police.

    I think the metaphor “If you leaned a mirror against the bowl they`d kill themselves fighting their own reflection” means that the situation of the Rumble Fish parallels(relating or designating) to the violent of purposeless ( having no aim or goal) of the young youths like Motorcycle boy and Rusty James, They are trapped in a cycle of distruction(down fall that occurs in certain industries).

  12. Harveer in was scamming through the comments and you told Evan to put a period at the end, but you also need to correct your grammer because you have lots of spelling mistakes just saying.

  13. For Rusty, I think it means that he doesn’t really like having to be in the footsteps of his brother. People expect him to be like Motorcylce Boy and he tries to live up to it, but Rusty just isn’t him. For Motorcycle Boy, he doesn’t like people, like Rusty, thinking he’s more than he really is. He doesn’t want people to be like him or follow him, but like Rusty does, he tries to. It’s like what the picture above says, “Rusty James can’t live up to his brother’s reputation. His brother can’t live it down.”

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