Jackson the protagonist is a complex and round character that struggles with

Jackson the protagonist is a complex and round

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Jackson, the protagonist, is a complex and round character that struggles with internal conflict throughout the story. Jackson’s show characteristics of an individual vs. individual conflict. He feels obligated to save money that he acquires to be able to purchase his grandmother's regalia from the pawnshop to be able to recover his family’s stolen piece of heritage, but he also would like to spend the money on himself, friends, and other Indians. Jackson says that he hopes but does not know why he is hoping that he can turn thirty dollars into a thousand someway. He says he believes in magic and I believe you'll take my money and get drunk on it (Alexie, 2003). The money that Jackson receives is spent on food and alcohol not just for himself but others that he encounters along his journey. Even though a part of him wants to be able to have a part of his family returned, he has a problem saving his money because he is an alcoholic and is not responsible with his cash. Jackson is a complex character since he is generous with everyone he endures by spending money on them, yet he also steals from his friends to have more money. Jackson is a generous character who is often careless with spending money, but he always helps others and shows generosity. Alexie presents the theme of the story through the character Jackson continues to show kindness to the characters in the story by sharing the money he
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What You Pawn I Will Redeem Analysis 5 acquires from characters along his journey. Even though the protagonist needs a significant amount of money in an impossible amount of time, Jackson comes from a culture and community used to sharing, even to one’s detriment. Even though Jackson values the cultural and personal significance of the dance regalia, he still shares with these people to feel like he is part of a community (Fletcher, 2006). The characters that Jackson experiences along his quest are not his family he is still generous enough to share with them because he feels it is the right thing to do. This kindness and eagerness for his companions demonstrate that Jackson’s character longs for friendships and his Native American community. According to Alexie (2003), Jackson states “No it’s a tribal. It’s an Indian thing. When you win, you’re supposed to share with your family” (para. 141). Jackson's grandma's formal attire helps him to remember his past when he genuinely had a place with his family in his community. Jackson feels that if he can retrieve his deceased grandmother's regalia that he may have a feeling of belonging and a piece of his culture back.
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  • Summer '09
  • O'DONNELL
  • It, Native Americans in the United States, Sherman Alexie, main character Jackson

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