Sherman Alexie's 'What You Pawn I Will Redeem'

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Jackson Jackson is a homeless Spokane Indian that happened upon his Grandmothers Indian dance regalia at a pawn shop. Jackson continuously throughout the story displays internal struggles and conflicts (the struggle that shapes the plot in the story) between battling alcoholism and making poor behavior choices that work against his quest to earn money to retrieve the regalia to reclaim a part of his family heritage. Jackson has an internal desire to want to do right, but his poor choices that he exhibits contribute to his persona to solidify his choice to embrace social alienation. The poor choice’s Jackson makes alienate him from society but also drives his desire to belong to a group. Indians are often displaced, which is a common theme that is shared among Indians is their loss of land, heritage, culture and independence. Examining Jackson’s antics, his associations…show more content…
Homeless Indians are common in the Seattle, WA area (Troyer, 2008). Jackson Jackson, the main character in “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” written by Sherman Alexie (2003) had been married several times and had several kids before he became homeless. His logic is “One day you have a home and the next you don’t…because it’s my secret story, and Indians have to work hard to keep secrets from hungry white folks (Alexie, 2003). Jackson stated he just disappeared into homelessness and had stayed that way for the duration of six years. Jackson mentions a man he spoke to that he is very suspicious of because he only identifies himself as a Plains Indian.
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