05-12-08 Final ID

05-12-08 Final ID - with one thousand dollars to get it...

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Benjamin Fornecker Close Reading and Critical Writing December 8, 2005 FINAL ID I looked for the pawnshop and couldn’t find it. I swear it wasn’t in the place where it had been before. I walked twenty or thirty blocks looking for the pawnshop, turned corners and bisected intersections, and looked up its name in the phone books and asked people walking past me if they’d ever heard of it. But that pawnshop seemed to have sailed away like a ghost ship . This quote from Sherman Alexie’s What You Pawn I Will Redeem is about a homeless Indian named Jackson, who is looking for a pawnshop that holds his grandmother’s regalia. It is the morning after he had found it and needed to come up
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Unformatted text preview: with one thousand dollars to get it back. Jackson just had a rough night of drinking and now couldn’t find the pawnshop that held onto his grandmother’s regalia. The underlined text “like a ghost ship” is a simile used by Alexie to paint a picture in the reader’s mind of how the pawnshop had just disappeared. Jackson then finds the pawnshop and redeems his grandmother’s regalia in the end due to the generosity of the pawnshop owner. Generosity seems to be a major theme in the story and can be seen in the owner of the pawnshop and even in Jackson’s character when he buys his friends shots at the bar and pays for breakfast for the Aleuts earlier that morning....
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This test prep 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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