For your assignment you will write a two and a half page draft of your Literary Analysis. The draft should contain a working thesis, an introduction, at least three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Be sure to include some paraphrases and quotations of the reference material in your Annotated Bibliography(ATTACHED). You should use your research to help you develop and support the thesis. Working Thesis:The main character in the story, “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” is Jackson Jackson, a homeless alcoholic who sets out on a quest to retrieve a family heirloom, but encounters many obstacles; most of them self inflicted; along the way.PROMPT: In some stories, characters come into conflict with the culture in which they live. Often, a character feels alienated in his/her community or society due to race, gender, class or ethnic background. "What You Pawn, I Will Redeem" (Sherman Alexie, 2003) (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2003/04/21/what-you-pawn-i-will-redeem)Guiding Questions:What beliefs and values from Native American culture does the narrator consider important, based on ideas and actions in the story? What kinds of experience and values do characters share across cultural differences like Native Americans and whites, or even between different native groups in the story? How do the bisexual character, the narrator, and the homeless characters in the story all demonstrate and resolve different “outsider” identities?1
Alexie, S. (2003). What You Pawn I Will Redeem.
The New Yorker
The article by Sherman Alexie talks about a homeless Indian man trying to recover his
late grandmother’s powwow regalia. The story takes us through the character’s ordeals as
he tries to raise money to pay the pawnbroker. From the story, society’s compassion and
sympathy are clearly seen, through specific individuals that help Jackson along the way,
for example, the Police Officer and the newspaper boss. The climax of the story comes at
the very end, where the pawnbroker gives Jackson his grandmother’s regalia for five
dollars, even though it is worth a thousand dollars. Numerous events in the story show
individuals that adhere to society’s respect and compassion for fellow human beings.
Friendship, diversity and fear. Young people´s life views and life values in a multicultural
society. (2015, January 01).
Friendship is the core in every society and individual’s lives. Jackson has numerous
friends, for example, the bartender, the Police Officer, and the newspaper boss. Jackson’s
friend come to his aid during his struggle, and provides a sense of comfort, even though it
was not always in a direct way. An individual’s friends clearly show the character of the
person, and from the friends Jackson had, he seems like a good human being. Even
though Jackson is a homeless man, he is friends with people of status in the society. The
pawnbroker accords him such a huge favor by giving him his grandmother’s regalia for
five dollars. The people Jackson encounters also show the values and norms of the
society in which he lives.