What You Pawn I Will Redeem Analysis Essay

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The Insight of Native Americans in Sherman Alexie’s Jackson Jackson According to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11.7 percent of Native Americans and Alaska Natives deaths between 2001 and 2005 were alcohol-related, compared with 3.3 percent for the U.S. as a whole, more than three times the percentage of the general population. Native Americans are overrepresented in the homeless population by approximately 19 percent by a study of Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care for Homeless Veterans program. Jackson Jackson, in “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie, embodies the above study. Unlike the traditional heroes who mostly win the fights, make all the right decisions, can do almost everything, and have perfect characteristics like bravery, strength, charm, Alexie portrays the protagonist, Jackson Jackson as a modern anti-hero who is very complicated. Within twenty-four hours, Alexie expresses Jackson Jackson representing the Native American experiences, “Spokane Indian boy” …show more content…

The young generation blames the old one for losing the land and culture. The young generation is embodied in Jackson to show the will and determination to reclaim the lost heritage. Although he is miserable, alcoholic and homeless, he focuses on his goal. His characteristics make him an excellent anti-hero model. According to Jonathan Michael’s article in Relavent Magazine, our faith to the world has been shaking through series of tragidies and terrible events such as 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Iraq War, the economic recession, the Herricane Sandy, the Newtown shooting, the Boston Marathon attack...ect. Thus, the hero character does not reflect the true of the society we live. In the readers’ perspective, Jackson Jackson is model of the anti-hero character, and the believable and relatable character is one of the enjoyable stories to

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