How did Cole's character develop over the course of the story
In the beginning of the book Touching Spirit Bear Cole doesn't take responsibility for his actions. on page 9, the text states "Cole figured he wouldn't even be here if Peter Driscal had known how to fight back" (Mikaelsen, 91). In this quote it shows how even though Cole had beat up Peter, he blamed other people for the fact that he was getting punished, showing that Cole doesn't take responsibility for the fact that he had beat Peter senseless.
In the middle of the book Cole starts to show signs of remorse. Page 93 states "Mustering all his strength, he raised his head, and with a weak and pinched voice he called into the darkened branches, "Are you okay?"(93) . This shows how Cole starts to show remorse, because he was worried about the baby sparrows well being and felt bad with how he had talked/treated the birds, overall showing how his character is developing.
By the end of the book Cole starts to show real emotions, like kindness and again remorse. On page 286 it states, "He took out the at.'oow. "Garvey gave this to me as a symbol of friendship and to show he trusted me." He handed the at.'oow to peter""(286). Hence, over the course of the story Cole not only grew as a person but his character has made drastic change for the better.