In “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie, the main character is a homeless Native American Indian who came to Seattle to go to college and quit after two semesters. Alexie creates a world where the protagonist seems to find help from every turn that he makes.
The setting is the 1990’s in Seattle. Jackson Jackson is a Spokane Indian. According to Jackson Squared, his "people have lived within a one-hundred-mile radius of Spokane, Washington, for ten thousand years." Several places are used as part of the setting: under the bridge, the pawn shop, an all-Indian bar.
The tone of the story spans a range of emotions. The character of Jackson determines the mood of the story. At times, he is humorous and even cheerful. Jackson can also be sarcastic, frustrated, and resigned to his fate.
Alexie approaches this story using an hourly structure. His episodes cover about a twenty-four period which takes Jackson in search of the money he needs to...
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