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SurvivalAnger X Imagination Imagination is the only weapon on the reservation --Sherman Alexie The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Key to Survival Sherman Alexies novel The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven depicts how reservation Indians survive their hardships that mainstream society has put on them with the use of emotion and imagination Survival for Alexies Indians is not to slow dance with their skeletons 21 The reservation skeletons are the anger of the past and the dreams of the future that each Indian needs to combine to survive in the present Alexies novel shows these different phases through his characters that are trying to find the combination to survival In Funhouse Aunt Nezzy is trapped within a patriarchal society which has oppressed her talents and her dreams Living in an environment where there is no respect for women has suppressed Aunt Nezzys ability to understand her path in life Her craft of making buckskin outfits gives her her only hope a woman comes along who can carry the weight of this dress on her back then well have found the one who will save us all 76 Aunt Nezzys imagination gives her strength by looking into the future for hope of a savior however her environment helps her realize that she is lingering in her dreams Anger from past oppression from Aunt Nezzys family and her dreams of a savior triggers a reaction that helps Aunt Nezzys balance her skeletons She stood weakly But she had the strength to take the first step then another quick one She heard drums she heard singing she danced Dancing that way she knew things were beginning to change Alexie not only shows that Aunt Nezzy anger has triggered her to stop the oppression within her home but she know holds the power to change it for all Indian women 82 The images and anger of the past have helped Aunt
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