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In "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," how does Sherman Alexie show belonging ?

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Jackson is shown in several different ways throughout "What You Pawn I will Redeem."  The opening sentence reflects this reality: One day you have a home and the next you don’t, but I’m not going to tell you my particular reasons for being homeless, because it’s my secret story, and Indians have to work hard to keep secrets from hungry white folks."  For Jackson, while he is marginalized and is silenced, he identifies himself as a Native American who must keep free from "hungry white folks." It is clear that Alexie shows how Jackson embodies belonging in his own mindset:

Homeless Indians are everywhere in Seattle. We’re common and boring, and you walk right on by us, with maybe a look of anger or disgust or even sadness at the terrible fate of the noble savage. But we have dreams and families. I’m friends with a homeless Plains Indian man whose son is the editor of a big-time newspaper back East.

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