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Is there an epiphany in What You Pawn I Will Redeem?

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Merriam-Webster defines an epiphany as:

a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure 

b : a revealing scene or moment

There certainly is an epiphany in this remarkably poignant story in terms of all three of the above definitions. The epiphany occurs in the closing paragraph:

I took my grandmother’s regalia and walked outside. I knew that solitary yellow bead was part of me. I knew I was that yellow bead in part. Outside, I wrapped myself in my grandmother’s regalia and breathed her in. I stepped off the sidewalk and into the intersection. Pedestrians stopped. Cars stopped. The city stopped. They all watched me dance with my grandmother. I was my grandmother, dancing.

Throughout the story, the narrator describes his mundane, poverty-stricken life and tells us about the...

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