Essay on What You Pawn I Will Redeem By Sherman Alexie

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After a loved one has passed, many try to find the piece of them that is missing. In the short story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" by Sherman Alexie, Jackson Jackson attempts to earn over nine hundred dollars to "win" back the regalia from his grandmother at the pawn shop. Unfortunately the one day he has to earn the money for the regalia, he only comes back with five dollars, the amount he originally began with. Superficial readers would believe that Jackson goes on the journey to only win the regalia back; however, he tries to find a piece of his grandmother along with a piece of himself in his life. Similar to the story “Araby” by James Joyce, the thought of fulfilling oneself with a missing piece is apparent. Just as the boy attempts to win the heart of his crush, Jackson Jackson makes an effort to regain the piece of his grandmother he has been longing for.
With the overwhelming stress Jackson Jackson puts on himself to win back this regalia, he not only does this for his grandmother but to himself to prove he is worth something to himself as well as others. In “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” Jackson is homeless for about six years and with his grandmother passing he struggles to get back onto his feet by looking for jobs as well as money to pass the time as well. Within all of the struggles and his desperate need for other items he finds the need to gain a sense of fulfillment on this journey. This is supported in the story “Araby” when the boy attempts to travel to the…

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