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“The Fun House” vs “All I Wanted to Do as Dance”
“The Fun House” and “All I Wanted to Do Was Dance” are stories written by Sherman Alexie in his book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. “The Fun House” is centered on Nezzy, the aunt of the narrator. Throughout the story, she struggles with the lack of gratitude she receives from her husband and son which leads to an anger that drives her desperately to change her life. However, In “All I wanted to do was dance” the story is focused on Victor, who is the narrator of “The Fun House”. The story goes through Victor’s love life where he suffers from a broken heart. The pain started to prevent him from moving forward in life. He tries to compensate his pain by getting drunk and dancing. Both of these stories depict the protagonists’ love relationships and the pain they carry. However, in “The Fun House” aunt Nezzy strives to change her life, while Victor, the protagonist of “All I Wanted to Do Was Dance” is trapped in depression.
Both stories illustrate the symbols of pain that the protagonists carry throughout the story. “The funhouse” begins with the narrator stating that his aunt Nezzy sewed a beaded dress that was too heavy for anyone to wear (76). The weight of the beaded dress is a symbol of burden she carries for the family. Aunt Nezzy has to put food on the table for her husband and son, while her thirty year old son still needs a job. This put an extra weight on aunt Nezzy's shoulder. Nezzy mentioned, “When a woman comes along who can carry the weight of this dress on her back, then we’ll have found the one who will save us all” (76). When Nezzy came back from swimming in the creek, the narrator illustrates how she put the “heaviest beaded dresses over her head” and “almost fell from the weight” (82). This symbolizes that she is no longer capable to carry the burden for her family; therefore, she…...

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