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Part I: Choose a main character in any of the short stories this week. Tell us about him or her. Describe the character physically and give us a few adjectives to describe his/her personality, using quotes from the reading as evidence. Would you like this person if you knew him or her? Why or why not. What is the main problem or conflict in the character's life. Do you feel he/she handled the problem well or poorly? The main character I have chosen to write about is Jackson Jackson from Sherman Alexie’s short story “What You Pawn I Will Redeem”. Jackson Jackson narrates this story and he is a homeless Spokane Indian. He grew up in Spoken, Washington and moved to Seattle to attend college but flunked out. Throughout the story he is actually pretty funny and sarcastic. In the beginning he describes himself, and while doing so he says, “ Of course, ‘crazy’ is not the official definition of my mental problem, but I don’t think “asocial disorder” fits it, either, because that makes me sound like I’m a serial killer or something.” (Perkins, 278). He then talks about his love life and how he has broke hearts and says “Piece by piece, I have disappeared. And I’ve been disappearing ever since.”(Perkins, 278) As though all the hearts he has broken, has broken him as well. He is very kind, friendly, honest and very humble. He tells the readerof the clean bathrooms that he gets to use because the storeowners trust him enough to doso. He talks about how good he is at being homeless. I think if I were to meet Jackson, I would enjoy his company because he seems very funny, he would be entertaining. The main problem in Jackson Jackson’s life is that he never finishes anything and he is also analcoholic. He wasn’t able to raise the money to get back his grandmother’s regalia from the pawnshop he just seems to be floating through life because all he knows and thinks heis good at is being homeless.Part II: Based on all the readings done up to this point, what, in your opinion, are the most important characteristics that distinguish American literature? Do you think that our literature is a good representation of 'American Identity'?In my opinion the most important characteristics that distinguish American literature is that the readings are relatable to the readers in that time period or era. The literature and the authors that we have learned about all showed different writing styles and created different emotions for the reader. They created a good representation of

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