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Please provide an analysis of the story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" by Sherman Alexie?

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...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013 3:46 pm UTC

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What literary devices are used in "What You Pawn I Will Redeem"?

Jackson Jackson, the protagonist in Sherman Alexie’s story, states that “we Indians are great storytellers and liars and mythmakers.” To support this claim, he uses literary devices to paint a...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2018 11:51 pm UTC

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In "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," what is the purpose or symbolism behind the three Aleut Indians?

The three Aleut Indians in “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie are representative of Indians who are unable to travel back to their homelands. The story relates that they are in Seattle...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019 8:50 pm UTC

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What are some of the literary elements used in Alexie's "What You Pawn I Will Redeem"?

Sherman Alexie's story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" is a brief sketch of two days in the life of Jackson Jackson, a Spokane Indian who has seen his grandmother's powwow regalia in a pawnshop, and...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2018 3:47 pm UTC

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How does Jackson Jackson change as a result of completing his hero's journey in Alexie's "What You Pawn I Will Redeem"?

On the surface, it might not seem like Jackson Jackson makes much of a visible change. It is not even remotely implied that his physical circumstances will improve. He will likely not receive any...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020 7:58 pm UTC

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How would you describe the narrator of this story?

The narrator of the story, Jackson Jackson, is a homeless Native American living on the streets of Seattle. Jackson may not have much in terms of material possessions, but he does have the ability...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2018 8:24 am UTC

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Who is Jackson and what does his quest symbolize?

Jackson Jackson, the main character in Sherman Alexie's “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” is a homeless Native American—a self-proclaimed “Spokane Indian boy” who lives in Seattle. When Jackson...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2017 2:51 am UTC

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In Sherman Alexie's "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," is Jackson a reliable narrator? Is his story believable? Is it...

In Sherman Alexei’s 2003 short story “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” the narrator, Jackson Jackson, begins his odyssey with the proviso that he will not share with the reader the reason for his...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2014 9:05 pm UTC

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In Sherman Alexie's short story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," does Jackson really work hard for the money at the end...

In the short story “What You Pawn I Will Redeem”, the pawnbroker chooses to give Jackson the regalia in spite of him not having $999 required to buy it. Perhaps, the pawnbroker’s decision is based...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2017 5:49 pm UTC

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In Sherman Alexie's "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," how is Jackson alienated from the community? How does he respond?

The short story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" by Sherman Alexie tells of a Native American homeless alcoholic named Jackson Jackson. He finds his grandmother's regalia, worn in ceremonial dancing,...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020 4:01 pm UTC

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What does Jackson do with the money he gets?

The short story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" by Sherman Alexie tells of a homeless Indian named Jackson Jackson who comes across his grandmother's regalia, which is gear that she used in powwow...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2019 3:03 pm UTC

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How does Sherman Alexie complicate stereotypical notions about American Indians in "What You Pawn I Will Redeem"?

Sherman Alexie writes about the Native American in the Western part of the United States. In “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” the protagonist Jackson Jackson uses his anguish of being an Indian in a...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2013 2:59 pm UTC

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What challenges does Jackson face in trying to get the $999 dollars in "What You Pawn I Will Redeem"?

In "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," Jackson is challenged by his own character traits and flaws when trying to earn the $999 that it will cost to buy his grandmother's regalia from the pawnbroker....

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016 5:43 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2017 11:38 am UTC

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What is regalia, as mentioned in "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" and why is it valuable?

"Regalia" is a general term for the special items or decorations that are used as marks of distinction in ceremonial occasions. When Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears her crown and the...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2012 10:52 pm UTC

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How does Sherman Alexie complicate stereotypical notions about American Indians in his story "What You Pawn I Will...

In "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," Sherman Alexie tells the story of a homeless Native American man in Seattle, who finds his grandmother's stolen regalia in a pawnshop. Determined to redeem it, he...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2019 3:08 pm UTC

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In the opening of "What You Pawn, I Will Redeem," explain what the protagonist means when he says "it’s my secret...

The opening of Jackson Jackson's narrative reveals much about the world and the protagonist's place in it. Jackson is open about the fact that as a Native American, he has experienced a good deal...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2014 9:37 pm UTC

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What does Jackson mean when he says that he is an effective homeless man?

Jackson simply means that he's very good at being homeless. Some people are good at their job; others are good at sports; and still others good at arts and crafts. But Jackson's good at being...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2019 8:41 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2014 6:58 pm UTC

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What role does kindness play in determining the narrator’s destiny?

Kindness plays a crucial role in helping Jackson Jackson achieve his goal. At one point, Jackson tells Officer Williams about his father, who had been a tribal policeman and was a kind man. It is...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020 7:19 am UTC

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What is the historical era for this story's setting?

Alexie's story is set in the present—that is, the early 2000s, when it was first published. Though there is no mention of the specific time in which it takes place, the period is clear from the...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019 6:29 am UTC

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Describe the way in which Jackson obtains money from his friend Junior in "What You Pawn I Will Redeem." What are...

In the short story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" by Sherman Alexie, a Native American named Jackson, while walking with his friends Rose of Sharon and Junior, passes a pawnshop and sees his...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020 2:36 am UTC

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Identify the historical era Sherman Alexie is writing about in "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" and its significance to...

"What You Pawn I Will Redeem" is most likely set around the time it was written and published, in 2003. There are several indicators of the time period throughout the piece. Sherman Alexie writes...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2018 8:45 pm UTC

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Is there a bias? If so, what is the nature in the story?

Sherman Alexie's story is funny and relevant to our times. You asked about the possible types of biases in the story. If you are looking for an overarching bias, I would argue that there is an...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2018 2:53 pm UTC

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How would you compare the choices of characters in “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” with those in Camus’ “The Guest”?

I am going to answer this question by comparing Jackson from Alexie's excellent story and Daru from "The Guest." I have included links below that should give you more information about Sherman...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2011 5:46 pm UTC

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Rising action and climax of "What You Pawn I Will Redeem."

Identifying the rising action and the climax isn’t always easy, particularly in a short story such as Sherman Alexie’s “What You Pawn I Will Redeem.” As you might have noted, there isn’t so much...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2020 5:05 pm UTC

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