his tone lacks surprise or grief Alexie While he does have friends he is not

His tone lacks surprise or grief alexie while he does

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in an alley behind the Hilton Hotel.” his tone lacks surprise or grief (Alexie). While he does have friends, he is not close to anyone and is used to people just disappearing. When the Aleuts,
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WHAT YOU PAWN, I WILL REDEEM 4 whom Jackson encounters twice in this story, commit suicide he says, “I heard later that the Aleuts 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 his unfortunate circumstances. He attempts to connect with his culture by reclaiming his grandmother’s regalia. While he does not raise the money he was expected to, the pawnbroker knows 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
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WHAT YOU PAWN, I WILL REDEEM 5 Alexie, 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 into literature (2nd ed.) [Electronic version]. Retrieved from Hossain, A & Sarker, A. (2016). “Sherman Alexie’s Literary Works as Native American Social Realistic Projections.” European Scientific Journal, 12(11), 381-397. doi: 10.19044/esj.2016.v12n11p381
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  • Literature, It, Short story, Native Americans in the United States, Sherman Alexie, Jackson Jackson, Pawnbroker

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