ENG 125 AU What You Pawn I Will Redeem by Sherman Alexie Essay

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Analyze the literary work from the approved list of prompts chosen in Week 1 that pertained to your selected topic.

Apply your knowledge of literary elements and other concepts.

Prompt: “In some stories, characters come into conflict with the culture in which they live.”

Story:Sherman Alexie’s What You Pawn, I Will Redeem

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CONFLICTS IN CULTURE Conflicts in Culture Britain Cox ENG125: Introduction to Literature Instructor Jennifer Lapinel Spincken May 20, 2019 CONFLICTS IN CULTURE Prompt: In some stories, characters come into conflict with the culture in which they live.” Thesis: Jackson Jackson had disappointed himself many times before, but when it comes to gaining his grandmother’s regalia back he knew that he could not disappoint again. Determined and driven Jackson set out to reclaim what was rightfully his families. Lobo, S., & Vaughan, M. M. (2003). Substance Dependency Among Homeless American Indians. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 35(1), 63-70. doi:10.1080/02791072.2003.10399995 This source by Susan Lobo and Margaret Mortensen Vaughan focus on homeless American Indians and how alcoholism effects and influences their everyday homeless lives. In the story What You Pawn, I Will Redeem, Jackson Jackson suffers from a huge drinking problem throughout the story. Whenever Jackson received money he ended up spending most of it on alcohol. This source outlines how in the Indian culture, once homeless they tend to become alcohol dependent. One quote that stood out to me “Some of the reasons reported in Tucson for drinking included: to become comfortable or brave enough to panhandle, to handle harsh circumstances such as cold weather, to self-medicate for mental or physical stress, for recreation, or as a tool for metaphysical insights or spirituality.” In the short story Jackson was stressed about raising the money to purchase his grandmothers regalia, so he often used alcohol to depress the emotions he was feeling. The Function of Native American Storytelling as Means of Education in Luci Tapahonso’s Selected Poems. (2015). Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 6(6). doi:10.7575/aiac.alls.v.6n.6p.141 This source has provided me with a good bit of information on story telling in CONFLICTS IN CULTURE the Native American Indian culture. Throughout the story Jackson often told stories about his grandmother regalia and how important it was too his family’s culture and the Native American heritage. I feel this article is appropriate because it ties to how Alexie is using his storytelling to show how important his culture is with his grandmother’s regalia because it is a part of the Native American heritage. One quote that stood out to me in the journal was “Native American verbal art was an oral performative tradition in which stories were used as a means for the perseverance and delivery of cultural knowledge and societal values.” This source will help analyze the importance of storytelling in the Native American culture. Wendt, D. C., Collins, S. E., Nelson, L. A., Serafini, K., Clifasefi, S. L., & Donovan, D. M. (2017). Religious and Spiritual Practices Among Homeless Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives with Severe Alcohol Problems. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 24(3), 39-62. doi:10.5820/aian.2403.2017.39 I chose this article because, in the short story Jackson Jackson suffered from a huge alcohol problem and this article outlines some of the spiritual practices homeless native Americans who suffer from alcohol problems. This related to the story in so many ways because Johnson had a huge drinking problem and he was trying to locate his grandma’s regalia so he could return it to his family and they could do ceremonial dances with it like there grandma once did. ENG125: Introduction to Literature Proposal for Final Paper Worksheet Week 1 Prompt & Story Selection Log Once you have decided on an approved prompt and approved text(s), respond to the questions below. Please be mindful of the word count and double-space all of your responses. You are to meet the minimum word requirement without going over the maximum number of words requested. 1. What is your chosen prompt for the literary analysis assignment? (Include the number and first sentence of the prompt you chose from the list of prompts. The prompt is the main paper topic, not the story itself or the guiding questions.) I chose to use prompt 2 for my literary analysis. prompt #2: “In some stories, characters come into conflict with the culture in which they live.” 2. What text will you write about? (Full story title & Author name) How does the text connect with the prompt? I will write about Sherman Alexie’s What You Pawn, I Will Redeem. 3. Read the story thoroughly and answer the following. Be sure to review key terms like character, setting, and conflict before you answer: a. Who is/are the main character(s) in this story? Rose of Sharon, Junior and Jackson Jackson. What is the setting of this story? Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA 4. What is the main conflict in the story? (Write 100-150 words describing this conflict) The main conflict in this story is with Jackson Jackson and the pawnbroker. Jackson and his crew had scrapped up five dollars’ worth of change and had decided to head down to the pawn shop to purchase some drinks. On there way down they encountered a new pawn shop and inside they noticed Jackson’s grandmother’s regalia. The conflict begins when Jackson must muster up nine hundred and ninety-nine dollars in one day to purchase his grandmothers’ regalia back. In ENG125: Introduction to Literature Jackson’s quest to gain money to purchase back his grandmother’s regalia he begins to have issues with himself. Although, Jackson was trying to raise money to purchase the regalia back, whenever he would receive money he would always use the money to purchase something. But he didn’t just purchase something for himself, he made sure he helped other homeless Indians along the way. In the end the pawnbroker gave the regalia to Jackson, and Jackson was finally able to have a dance with his grandmother. 5. Write a working thesis for your literary analysis essay below. Jackson Jackson had disappointed himself many times before, but when it comes to gaining his grandmother’s regalia back he knew that he could not disappoint again. Determined and driven Jackson set out to reclaim what was rightfully his families.
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Running head: LITERACY ANALYSIS

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Literacy Analysis Conflicts in Culture
Britain Cox
ENG125: Introduction to Literature
Instructor: Jennifer Lapinel Spincken
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LITERACY ANALYSIS

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Working thesis- Despite Jackson determination to win back his grandmother’s stolen
regalia, he disappoints himself due to his alcoholism and unplanned spending which makes his
mission complicated since the white man bought the regalia and the only way to regain it is to
compensate the amount.
Introduction
In the short story “What You Pawn I Will Redeem by Sherman Alexie, Jackson, junior and rose
of Sharon are the key actors. The story is written in the first- person point of view with Jackson as the
main character. Jackson is a Spokane Indian living in Pike Place Market, Seattle. The story focuses
on regalia that were stolen from his...


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