The Business Of Fancydancing Analysis

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The Business of Fancydancing refers to Alexie’s first collection, a collection of five short stories and forty poems. His writings portray the balance Native Americans must find between their tribal traditions on their reservation and the Western environment found outside their reservation lands. Alexie uses the Spokane/Coeur D’Alene Indian Reservation at Wellpinit in eastern Washington to describe this conflict. Alexi writes in a way that resonates with all minorities in the United States. His writing articulately details the tremendous struggles that many minorities face in our modern world.
The book is structured with three specific sections titled: “Distances,” “Evolution,” and “Crazy Horse Dreams.” “Fancydancing”, from which Alexie
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Fausto is a Hawaiian, son of a mother from the Philippines and a father from Japan. He is the narrator’s college roommate in the state of Washington and is a sort of outsider different from the narrator. Fausto makes assumptions about the narrator that turn out to be untrue; the narrator makes assumptions about Fausto that turn out not to be valid. Fausto, going home with the narrator for Thanksgiving, wants to see him ride a horse. The narrator does not know how to ride, surprising Fausto, who thinks that all Native Americans can ride horses. Then, when the two are watching a televised show, the narrator asks Fausto how well he surfs. Fausto says that he does not know how to surf, then the narrator says that he thought all Hawaiians knew how to surf. Alexie deals here with much deeper insights into human perception than the surface story suggests. Fausto, who sometimes goes for long periods without talking, communicating instead by gesturing, creates his individual analogies based on the environment in which he grew up. Standing beneath a hundred-foot pine tree on which the snow is falling, he remarks that the snow is like cold sand.
One night, Fausto disappears, leaving his clothes and his best pair of shoes behind. The narrator tries to reach him by calling him in Hawaii several times, but he fails. He watches Hawaii Five-O to remind himself of his missing roommate. Finally, he hears from Fausto, who has joined the U.S. Army, receiving letters from him with postmarks from various bases in the South. Fausto writes that he fixes helicopters, fixing them so everyone can fly again. The Fausto poems end on this

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