05-11-21 5 Page Paper Alexie_Lee_Matthews

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Fornecker 1 Benjamin Fornecker Close Reading and Critical Writing, 013 Monday November 21, 2005 The Representation of Happiness Between Alexie, Lee, and Matthews In literature, authors have to make decisions that show in which direction their work is going. Some authors decide to speak about sad times when others try and show happiness throughout the work. Happiness is represented in many authors’ works including Sherman Alexie’s “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” Li-Young Lee’s “From Blossoms,” and William Matthews’ “Onions.” This great writing technique displays a sense of success within the characters’ feelings. This can be seen throughout Alexie’s work when Jackson, the main character, is shown as a less fortunate homeless man who makes the best with what he has and is proven to be happy in the end. Sherman Alexie tells a story about a homeless Native American named Jackson in “What You Pawn I Will Redeem.” He clearly identifies Jackson’s situation from the beginning when the speaker says, “Homeless Indians are everywhere in Seattle. We’re common and boring…” (Alexie 334:2). In his story, Alexie informs the audience that Jackson has gone through some rough times, living on the
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Fornecker 2 street trying to survive. Throughout the story, Alexie shows the hardships endured by homeless people through Jackson’s character. He tells how happiness can be exhibited even at the hardest times in a person’s life and how good things can come out of a bad situation. Jackson needed to collect one thousand dollars to get back his grandmother’s regalia from
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This essay was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ENRU 1240 taught by Professor Kerins during the Fall '08 term at Fordham.

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