in an alley behind the Hilton Hotel.” his tone lacks surprise or grief (Alexie).While he doeshave friends, he is not close to anyone and is used to people just disappearing.When the Aleuts,
WHAT YOU PAWN, I WILL REDEEM4whom Jackson encounters twice in this story, commit suicide he says, “I heard later that theAleuts had waded into the salt water near Dock 47 and disappeared” (Alexie).Jackson is a man struggling with his identity and trying to make the most out of hisunfortunate circumstances.He attempts to connect with his culture by reclaiming hisgrandmother’s regalia.While he does not raise the money he was expected to, the pawnbrokerknows that Jackson at least tried.Jackson spend what money he did receive on making his life,and the lives of the Indians around him, a little more tolerable.References
WHAT YOU PAWN, I WILL REDEEM5Alexie, Sherman. (2003).What You Pawn, I Will Redeem.Publisher Place: Conte Nast Publishing, Inc.Clugston, R. W. (2014).(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Journey intoliterature(2nd ed.) [Electronic version]. Retrieved fromHossain, A & Sarker, A. (2016). “Sherman Alexie’s Literary Works as Native American SocialRealistic Projections.”European Scientific Journal,12(11), 381-397. doi:10.19044/esj.2016.v12n11p381
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