What You Pawn I Will Redeem

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The story I chose is Sherman Alexie's short story, "What you Pawn I Will Redeem". This story almost connected me with pieces of my past and everything I went through to get to where I am. I thought of many of the tough decisions and sacrifices I had to make including trying to make everyone else around me happy while on a journey to find myself. Growing up requires selflessness and maturity. The story brings the truth of the most common phrase that we all know to be true; what goes around comes around- good and bad. The main character, Jackson gave all that he had to regain his history and a sense of purpose.

In our society you see so many people stuck in poverty. Normal people would think of poverty as a disease that needs to be removed from society and that people should try their hardest to be removed from impoverished situations. The opposite is true for the main character Jackson in Sherman Alexie’s story. Jackson did not put forth a lot of initiative into saving the money he need to buy back grandmothers dancing regalia, he chose to spend it all on his alcohol addiction and friends. The little money he accumulates throughout the story from people he spends all of it all of it and he returns
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Jackson’s actions has the reader feeling frustrated because his actions seem to take him further away from his goal The author of this text thinks that “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” is an example of how Indians coped with being in different places. The narrative by N.L Fletcher “Looking to the East: The Stories of Modern Indian People and the Development of Tribal Law” helped to give clarity on Indians who live on and off of the reservations. It claims Like Alexie, the Indians in his stories tend to be urban Indians mostly living in Seattle. They also tend to be educated—college graduates, dropouts, or current attendees. It’s evident that anyone can fall on hard times no matter what they