What You Pawn I Will Redeem by Sherman Alexie


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What You Pawn I Will Redeem by Sherman Alexie

  1. 1. What You Pawn I Will Redeem by Sherman J. Alexie <ul><li>By: </li></ul><ul><li>Jonathan Davila </li></ul><ul><li>Ruby Davila </li></ul><ul><li>Erin Dreyer </li></ul>
  2. 2. Early Life <ul><li>Born in 1966, in the Spokane Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington and currently lives in Seattle with his wife and their two sons </li></ul><ul><li>As an infant, diagnosed with hydrocephalus (fluid in brain), had surgery at 6 months. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents were alcoholics </li></ul><ul><li>Turned to books to escape the poverty and alcoholism of the reservation </li></ul><ul><li>Learned to read by age three and devoured novels, such as John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath , by age five. Finished all the books in the Wellpinit library by the age of twelve. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Education <ul><li>As a teenager he decided to attend Reardan high school, off the reservation, in order to get a better education. (Only Indian at school, except for school mascot) </li></ul><ul><li>Graduated from Reardan high school in 1985 and attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington </li></ul><ul><li>Dropped out of college at end of sophomore year due to heavy drinking. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Returned to college three years later (Washington State University) </li></ul><ul><li>Initially wanted to be a doctor </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraged by his poetry teacher at WSU, Alex Kuo, to write poetry. </li></ul><ul><li>Graduated in 1991 with a degree in American Studies from Washington State University </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>From the beginning, Alexie’s stories have been his own—based on himself, his friends and family, the reservation where he grew up. “I don’t write memoir, it’s not what I’m doing,” he said on the radio this fall. But a real life event can inspire a better fiction. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Famous Works <ul><li>Poetry </li></ul><ul><li>The Business of Fancydancing: Stories and Poems , 1992 (First poem published) </li></ul><ul><li>Fiction </li></ul><ul><li>The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, 1993 </li></ul><ul><li>Reservation Blue, 1995 </li></ul><ul><li>Indian Killer 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>What You Pawn I Will Redeem 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Screenplays </li></ul><ul><li>Smoke Signals , 1998 </li></ul><ul><li>Selected Essays </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I Hated Tonto (Still Do).&quot; 1998 </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;One Little Indian Boy.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Superman and Me.&quot; 1998 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Awards & Honors <ul><li>Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award, Washington State University's highest honor for alumni in 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>The Best American Short Stories 2004 for “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” </li></ul><ul><li>The O. Henry Prize Stories 2005 for “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” </li></ul><ul><li>National Book Award in Young People's Literature in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Western Literature Association's Distinguished Achievement Award in 2007 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Regalia <ul><li>Definition- a regalia is a dance outfit worn in the circle during the powwow. These outfits are very personal and artistic expressions of the dancers lives, feelings, family and spiritual quests. These outfits should be treasured and passed down from the elders, only worn with pride and responsibility. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Regalia
  10. 10. <ul><li>Page 165 </li></ul><ul><li>Lines 13-22 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Analysis <ul><li>This is Jackson’s departure in the heroes journey, his call to adventure, it is a quest to reclaim his family heirloom. </li></ul><ul><li>The regalia is a significant part of life in Jackson’s tribe, because it symbolizes the life of the dancer in this case his grandmother and his culture. </li></ul><ul><li>Getting the regalia back is a way for Jackson to redeem himself or to reconnect to his roots. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Question Why is the regalia so important to Jackson?
  13. 13. <ul><li>Page 170 </li></ul><ul><li>Line 134-142 </li></ul><ul><li>Page 171 </li></ul><ul><li>Line 146-156 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Analysis <ul><li>Jackson goes through trials and tasks to win the money for the regalia </li></ul><ul><li>In Jackson’s culture, ones wealth is not based on how much money you have, but how much you give. </li></ul><ul><li>In Jackson’s eyes he is gaining wealth and redeeming himself to his family for the regalia </li></ul>
  15. 15. Question Was it a smart or the right thing for Jackson to give all of his money away at the bar?
  16. 16. Page 179 Lines 361-369
  17. 17. Analysis <ul><li>Did the best he could under his present circumstances (homeless, alcoholic, no family and job) </li></ul><ul><li>Sincere in his determination to win regalia back </li></ul><ul><li>He doesn’t seek help from police because he considers this a quest and wants to become a hero </li></ul><ul><li>Potlatch culture, held on to beliefs and goodwill </li></ul>
  18. 18. Question Do you think Jackson is trying his best to get back his grandmothers regalia? Why?
  19. 19. Video http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =rbOZ5SPa5Bw
  20. 20. Work Cited <ul><li>Mazur. Zach. &quot;Desperately Seeking Sherman. Spring 2010.&quot; Washington State Magazine . 2010. Web. 21 Mar. 2011. <http://wsm.wsu.edu/s/index.php?id=765>. </li></ul><ul><li>Sundborg, Stephen V. &quot;Sherman Alexie - Seattle University Lemieux Library.&quot; Seattle University . 11 June 2001. Web. 21Mar. 2011.<http://www.seattleu.edu/library/web_archives/special/salexie.ht m#anchor sketch>. </li></ul><ul><li>Cobb, Amanda J. &quot;Heath Anthology of American LiteratureSherman Alexie - Author Page.&quot; Redirection to Equivalent @ Cengage . Web. 21 Mar. 2011.<http://college.cengage.com/english/lauter/heath/4e/students/au thor_pages/contemporary/alexie_sh.html>. </li></ul>