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And, besides, I’m on a mission here. I want to be a hero; you know? I wantto win it back, like a knight”, (Alexie, 2003)Jackson needs to prove not only to himself but to his tribe and grandmother that he is worth something and he can accomplish this journey. Officer Williams givesJackson thirty-dollars know that he will spend it on alcohol but he shows Jacksonthat he believes in him. Jackson does spend the thirty dollars but it is spent feeding four homeless friends. The reader can see that Jackson, no matter what has a kind heart and is always willing to help someone.Time is running out and Jackson still does not have all of the money. With no hope of getting the regalia back, Jackson finds the pawnshop and informs the pawnbroker that he has returned with only five dollars but it is not the same five dollars from when he first entered the pawnshop. The pawnbroker asked if Jackson had worked hard for the money and without hesitation, Jackson replied, "Yes", (Alexie, 2003). The pawnbroker revisiting his options chose to give Jackson the regalia. Jackson very grateful and realizing that there are manygood men in this world takes his grandmother's regalia and goes outside. He knew all along that he was that yellow bead. Outside, I wrapped myself in my grandmother’s regalia and breathed her in. I stepped off the sidewalk and into the intersection. Pedestrians
Jackson’s Search for Identity 13stopped. Cars stopped. The city stopped. They all watched me dance with my grandmother. I was my grandmother, dancing, (Alexie, 2003)Jackson at this moment felt his reconnection. It was as if he were his grandmother.In conclusion, it doesn’t matter what happened in the past or how Jacksonended up where he is today. He realizes that feeling that connection with his heritage is very important to him. He knows that he is far from perfect but his imperfection is also his family’s imperfection. He now has a sense of belonging. When he walked out with his grandmother's regalia and the world stopped, it wasevident that nothing else mattered. Jackson at this point realized that he had filled the void in his life. Everyone is responsible for his or her own life. It is not anyone else's responsibility. Take charge of what is lost and find the closure needed to continue on. Jackson did just that because in the end, he won.
Jackson’s Search for Identity 14ReferencesAbout Sherman Alexie. (2000). Ploughshares, 26(4), 197Alexie, S. (2003). What You Pawn, I Will Redeem. New York, NY: The New YorkLobo, S., & Margaret, M. V. (2003). Substance dependency among homeless American indiansdagger]. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 35(1), 63-70. Retrieved from ?accountid=32521