What You Pawn I Will Redeem

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Alison DiNucci
“What you Pawn I Shall Redeem”

Jackson Jackson is a homeless Indian living in Seattle. He was given a chance to win back his grandmother’s powpow regalia. I believe that throughout the story all of Jackson’s intentions to try and get back the regalia were good, although it didn’t seem like it at first. What made me like Jackson was his continued effort. Also what made Jackson more likeable in the story was he used his humor to help him. Jackson is a very complex person with many different sides to him. Jackson wouldn’t say why he was homeless. He said it was his secret and that Indians had to work hard at keeping their secrets. I think Jackson was proud to be homeless because he also said that “being homeless is probably the only thing I’ve ever been good at” (Alexie 266). I think Jackson’s humor and good nature also helped him make his life as a homeless alcoholic better. He knew most of the restaurant and shop keepers. He also had many friends that showed up in this story. And even though they abandoned him and just disappeared he never seemed to hold them accountable for their actions and he didn’t seem at all saddened about them leaving. Jackson also had a cop friend who looked out for him and tried to help him. Throughout the story everywhere Jackson went he knew someone and they remembered him. He would joke and laugh with people. I think that humor helped Jackson throughout the story. But at the same time I feel like Jackson used his humor as a cover up for his own internal suffering. He wished he could have the money to buy his grandmother’s regalia back and he also suffered from missing her and maybe missing the rest of his family too. But he always seemed to find the bright side throughout it all though. I am torn because I think that Jackson did his best at trying to get his grandmother’s regalia back but at the same time I am mad that he was given so many chances and money to help start him but every time he wasted...
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