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What You Pawn I Will Redeem1What You Pawn I Will RedeemJoshua GibbsENG 125: Introduction to literatureRachel GriffisApril 19, 2017
What You Pawn I Will Redeem 2What You Pawn I Will RedeemTaking the time to conduct a self-evaluation of your strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes is a necessity to build oneself, rather than demeaning oneself. Not too many people use their past experiences to explain the reasons why they conduct particular actions and behaviors. Fortunately, the protagonist in the literary work “What you pawn I will redeem,” by Sherman Alexie, named Jackson2 (Jackson Jackson), does not have this issue. Jackson has a history of notpersuing goals when they become difficult. However, Jackson fought against his past behaviors and persued the task of retrieving his grandma’s dance regalia, although he led a lifestyle of making poor financial decisions which brought him into a homeless state of living. Jackson took on the challenge anyway which took him down a road of trials and tribulations that battled his character along with the perception society has on Indians who are homeless and drunk. The culture of Indians are illustrated in this literary work as the author permits the homeless Indian Jackson, to express his Indian culture who cherishes their race as family and keep their individual tribes heritage sacred, with a kindness that shows their character will overcome obstacles.This literary works tells the story of Jackson, the homeless Spokane Indian, who endeavors on a journey to obtain his grandma’s dance regalia. Jackson, along with his three homeless Indian friends, found his grandma’s dance regalia in the window of a pawnshop. In hopes to obtain the memory and heritage of his culture he asked the pawnshop owner how he could obtain the regalia. The pawnshop owner said he had to obtain one thousand dollars within twenty-four hours and he would sell it to him. Jackson has never kept a job long, finished his education, and content with the fact that he’s been homeless for years. “I’ve been homeless for six years now. If there’s such a thing as an effective homeless man, then I suppose I’m
What You Pawn I Will Redeem 3effective.”(Troyer, 2008). Most his daily life is consumed with visiting the residents of Seattle
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The Lottery, Native Americans in the United States, Sherman Alexie, Jackson Jackson, Pawnbroker, dance regalia, Week 5, Final, Assignment