Sherman Alexie What You Pawn I Will Redeem Analysis

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Alexie, S. (2003). What You Pawn I Will Redeem. The New Yorker.

The article by Sherman Alexie talks about a homeless Indian man trying to recover his late grandmother’s powwow regalia. The story takes us through the character’s ordeals as he tries to raise money to pay the pawnbroker. From the story, society’s compassion and sympathy are clearly seen, through specific individuals that help Jackson along the way, for example, the Police Officer and the newspaper boss. The climax of the story comes at the very end, where the pawnbroker gives Jackson his grandmother’s regalia for five dollars, even though it is worth a thousand dollars. Numerous events in the story show individuals that adhere to society’s respect and compassion for fellow human beings.

Alexie, S. (2009). The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
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Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. Two samples of
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