What You Pawn I Will Redeem

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The narrator in this story was a homeless drunk native. He told us that drunken natives are storytellers and liars and mythmakers. So was some of the stories he was telling us a lie? “Her name was Agnes, and she died of breast cancer when I was fourteen” (73). “When I was sixteen, my grandmother told me a story about World War II” (76). Was this all a lie or was the author trying to show that this man was really drunk and couldn’t remember everything from back then. Or proving his own point in the story when he said drunken natives were liars. I also was thinking that this man would spend mostly all of his earnings on things like lottery tickets, alcohol, and food than to rather save it and buy his grandmother’s regalia. Did he really want that regalia? Or did he just use every opportunity he got the money to buy something different. When he did get those things though, he did share his and got other people in need things as well. Like when he bought everyone five shots and when he paid for the Aleuts to have some breakfast. He did give back to his people. Those are very traditional and moral things to do as a Native American. Just like when he gave the twenty dollars to Kay. He may not have his priorities all together and in line but he does try and do the right thing when he has the chance to. I also liked when he had the opportunity to go to the authorities on the stolen regalia, he turned the policeman down because he knew it wasn’t the pawn man’s fault the clothing was stolen and it was his job to get it back on his own. I loved the end when he put the regalia on and started dancing. He said everyone stopped and starred. Now that part can be true because Native dances aren’t your typical dances that you see every day and people who have never seen it before would be take it by surprise. They are beautiful dances that catch a lot of attention.
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