Jackson Jackson the Generous Character in What You Pawn I Will Redeem by Tim O'Brien

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Tim O’Brien writes in his story, What You Pawn I Will Redeem about a homeless Salish Indian named Jackson Jackson. O’Brien takes readers on Jackson’s journey to acquire enough money to purchase back his grandmothers stolen powwow regalia. Throughout the story, Jackson’s relationships with other charters ultimately define his own character. The major character flaw of Jackson is his kindness, which ultimately becomes his greatest asset. The main character in the story is Jackson Jackson, a homeless Salish Indian. Jackson lives in Spokane, Washington. His character is described as having working numerous blue collared jobs, having been married multiple times and fathering multiple children. In the story, Jackson eludes to himself having a mental disorder. His character is extremely resourceful with both food and personal care. In the story, Jackson reveals a bit about himself through his introduction of other characters. Jackson states that Indians “Indians are great storytellers and liars and mythmakers” ("ENGL200: Composition and Literature" 87). Jackson refers to his friends as his “crew, teammates, defenders and posse” ("ENGL200: Composition and Literature" 88) and care for one another. Rose of Sharon and Junior are both like family to Jackson. Rose of Sharon comes to the defense of Jackson with the pawnbroker telling him “He’s the most honest Indian I know” ("ENGL200: Composition and Literature" 88) and Junior attempts to recall the tale of the stolen regalia before

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