Sherman Alexie Victim or Creator

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Essay about Sherman Alexie's "What You Pawn, I Will Redeem," on whether Jackson is a Victim or Creator.

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Sherman Alexie Victim or Creator

  1. 1. Davila 1 Jonathan Davila Professor Dougherty English 67 15 July 2010 The Cost of Love People are faced with problems everyday in their lives, but it is how we confront those problems that matter. In Sherman Alexie’s “What You Pawn, I Will Redeem,” Jackson is a Creator because he steps up to the challenge of retrieving his grandmother’s regalia on his own without the help from anyone. Throughout the story, Jackson is confronted with many problems including the need for money which would help him regain his grandmother’s regalia. When Jackson is confronted by the Big Boss at Real Change, Jackson explains the situation regarding his grandmother’s pow-wow regalia and how much money he would need in order to get it back. The Big Boss tells Jackson to call the police, but Jackson replies by saying, “It’s a quest now. I need to win it back by myself” (Alexie 168). Although Jackson does not seek help from the police, he shows that he is determined to win it back on his own. His determination towards retrieving his grandmother’s regalia shows us that he is truly a Creator. When Jackson enters the detox center, he speaks to Officer Williams about his situation regarding his grandmother’s regalia and explains that he is willing to take personal responsibility to find it. Officer Williams offers to
  2. 2. Davila 2 help Jackson by investigating the situation legally, but Jackson responds by saying, “I’m on a mission here. I want to be a hero, you know? I want to win it back, like a knight”(Alexie 176). Although Officer Williams is not fully aware of the situation, he offers to help Jackson, but Jackson is determined to retrieve the regalia on his own. Jackson’s actions are important because by solving this problem, he is able to show responsibility and dedication in what he cares about the most. Throughout the story, Jackson manages to find ways of retrieving the stolen regalia with little money and without any help from the police. His dedication towards buying back his grandmother’s regalia shows that he is a Creator. This story teaches us that when we are faced with a problem we should take action by finding ways of solving it ourselves. Jackson teaches us that anything is possible no matter how difficult the challenge may be. 382 Words

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