05-10-24 What You Pawn I Will Redeem Alexie

What You - generous one”(351:2 This shows how Jackson an alcoholic homeless Indian with very little money will go out of his way to be nice to

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Fornecker 1 Benjamin Fornecker Close Reading and Critical Writing October 24, 2005 A Comment on Jackson’s generosity in Sherman Alexie’s What You Pawn I Will Redeem (333) Sherman Alexie portrays Jackson, the speaker, as a generous and respectable person in What You Pawn I Will Redeem . In the beginning of the short story, Alexie clearly identifies that Jackson is a homeless Indian. “Homeless Indians are everywhere in Seattle. We’re common and boring…” (334:2). When Jackson is introducing himself, he mentions that he has never physically hurt anyone and that he is a “boring heartbreaker” (333:2). This shows how he has respect for everyone and has never cheated on a woman. At 11 A.M. on the second day, Jackson went to breakfast with the Aleuts. When the waitress asked if there should be separate checks, Jackson replied, “No, I’m paying” (351:1). The waitress then went on by referring to Jackson as “the
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Unformatted text preview: generous one” (351:2). This shows how Jackson, an alcoholic homeless Indian with very little money, will go out of his way to be nice to other people. After all, Jackson offered to go and eat with the Aleuts: “Are you guys hungry?” (350: 10A.M. ). Jackson’s generosity shows the type of person that he is and that homeless people are just like everyone else and shouldn’t be treated differently. Some people have flaws, but deep down their character is shown by the things they do for Fornecker 2 others. Jackson worked hard for his money and the pawnbroker understood this when he asked and “closed his eyes and thought harder about the possibilities” (352:20). It shows how being nice can work out for someone in the long run and how a little bit can go a long way. (6 citations, 258 words)...
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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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