What You Pawn, I Will Redeem Essay

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What You Pawn, I Will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie centers on the cultural background of Native Americans Indians and their struggles in society of homelessness in America. This is a self- journey where the protagonist does his best to reclaim his culture, traditions and identity. The character of Jackson Jackson demonstrates his cultural beliefs and pride, despite his current situation of homelessness and dependency with substance abuse of alcohol. Jackson shows that all forms of humanity are meaningful, culture and beliefs are important, a positive personality, compassionate and perseverance can redeem your spirit.

My chosen prompt for the literary analysis is writing prompt number four and the first sentence is – “In some stories, characters come into conflict with the culture in which they live.” Remembering his heritage and culture without losing value in his life is an ongoing issue in the story. Jackson’s survival techniques of using his charisma, building relationships, and being resourceful helped him to make the connection to his past. Jackson begins and shares the history of Interior Salish Indians in the Spokane, Washington area and the length of time spent in the area, for at least ten thousand years within a hundred-mile radius, with him being homeless in this area for six years now (Alexie, 2003). This symbolized how his people were here first, but now, how they are disappearing piece by piece. Jackson states, “I am living proof of the horrible…

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