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  • Analysis Of What You Pawn I Will Redeem

    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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  • What You Pawn I Will Redeem Analysis

    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…

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  • What You Pawn I Will Redeem Character Analysis

    One of the round and flat characters in “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” is the Pawnbroker. The pawnbroker has internal conflict in the beginning of the story. “That would be the right thing to do,” the pawnbroker said. “But I can’t afford to do the right thing. I paid a thousand dollars for this. I can’t just give away a thousand dollars”(Alexie). He wants to give Jackson back his grandmother’s regalia, but at the same time he doesn’t want to lose the money he spent on the regalia . The…

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  • Internal Conflict In Crime And Punishment

    each of which has their own value that they contribute to the book’s theme. Each character has his or her own opinion which crimes are necessary and what deeds are evil. Some characters need to commit crimes just so they can survive in this harsh world, while others commit crimes because they think it will better the community in which they live. Within the crimes that unfold, the characters deal with inner conflict and use their crimes as answers to their problems, even if that crime is what…

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  • Extraordinary Man Theory In Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime And Punishment

    In Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment, the main character Raskolnikov speaks of a theory. This theory he calls the “extraordinary man”theory, and is his main justification for his actions in which the novel revolves around. The introduction of this theory in the novel by Raskolnikov gives the reader a more in depth evaluation of Raskolnikov's character because it reveals his justification for his murdering of the pawnbroker and her sister. Raskolnikov’s murder of the pawnbroker was…

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  • Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Difference Between Crime And Punishment

    Crime and Punishment was the book I enjoyed reading the most. Dostoevsky succeeded to create a real character in which I could mentally align myself with while reading the book; I felt the same emotions as the main character, Raskolnikov. Although Raskolnikov murdered Alyona Ivanonva early on in the book, the rest of the book kept my attention because of Raskolnikov’s punishment. In class, we discussed why Raskolnikov murdered the pawnbroker. There were several reasons thrown out and discussed;…

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  • Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoevsky

    The paranoia that Raskolnikov experiences is incredibly strong and it causes him to do very irrational things, such as go back to the crime scene, tell Zametov that he killed the pawnbroker and then said it was a joke, and confessed to Sonia, who he had only known for a very short period of time. Directly after the murders, the paranoia is already deeply affecting Raskolnikov as he begins to imagine that he is covered in blood and that someone will find the things he stole from the pawnbroker…

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  • Analysis Of Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    is a key component in this quote. The number can represent the self-confidence Raskolnikov has about his plan on killing the pawnbroker, Alyona Ivanovna. He has all immaculate details planned out for the murder, even going as far as measuring the distance between the two residences. But, the number seven hundred and thirty has it’s own meaning. Before, giving the meaning of the whole number, I will explain the individual components of the number. When pronouncing the number seven hundred and…

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  • Argumentative Essay-The Perfect Handgun For Carrying

    The Perfect Handgun for Carrying With all the talk of the United States government taking away our gun rights, it’s not at all shocking that more and more people are going out buying guns. “The president is the perfect gun sales rep.” said one Rocky Mount, NC pawnbroker. Gun sales have risen in the past few months and as long as the United States government keeps talking about stripping our gun rights. As more and more people go out and purchase, they may wonder what the perfect…

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  • Analysis Of Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoevsky

    morally challenging situations. Raskolnikov, a troubled man in his early twenties, devises and executes a plan to commit a brutal murder. However, he justifies this action by describing how the victim, an old pawnbroker, is a plague to society. He theorizes that some special people are allowed to transgress society’s standards for a worthy cause. These ideas are further explored as Dostoevsky comments on Utilitarianism, suffering, morality, and human nature through each character in the novel;…

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