week 8 forum - Part I Describe the homeless narrator What...

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Part I: Describe the homeless narrator. What does Jackson Jackson mean when he says that he's been "disappearing" slowly but surely, "piece by piece"? Compare those lines with the closing lines (breathtaking in their beautiful imagery) when Jackson says, "They all watched me dance with my grandmother. I was my grandmother, dancing." Alexie’s piece is a very interesting one. After reading through his bio in our weekly text, I decided to check out some of his stand up. To my surprise, someone who can bring me to tears in a piece of literature can also make me laugh until my stomach aches. Alexie’s main character from “What You Pawn I Will Redeem”, Jackson Jackson, is a homeless native man in the town of Seattle. Jackson is very intelligent, humorous, and thoughtful, yet living day to day on the streets, often drunk. No matter how many negative qualities Jackson inhibits throughout the story, I still find myself hoping with the reading of each passing line that he will redeem his grandmother’s regalia. Within “What You Pawn I Will Redeem”, Jackson states, “Piece by piece, I disappeared…disappearing ever since” (Alexie 401). In addition to referring to his “brain” and “soul” dwindling in the passing years, I feel Jackson is referencing having lost his place in the world/society/as a native (Alexie 401). Through Jackson, Alexie

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