What You Pawn I Will Redeem By Sherman Alexie

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Self-identity: Methods and Importance Personal identity is a way one sees themselves and is related to their image and self esteem. It is an important aspect of a person 's life. The story "What You Pawn I will Redeem" by Sherman Alexie describes a homeless Indian man Jackson form Spokane, Washington who wants to connect with his past and ancestral roots. One day he sees his grandmother 's regalia in a pawnshop, recognizes it, makes a bond with it; and does all he can to get the regalia back. The story is about this character Jackson; and the events that happen with him for twenty-four hour period. The main themes of the story revolve around generosity, friendship, belief, self-identity, culture, and plight of a homeless. The other story "Sonny 's Blues" by James Baldwin is about jazz musician from Harlem, NY who struggles through his addiction to drugs and music and his relation with his brother. The story revolves around home and family, responsibility of an elder brother to his younger brother, attachment to music, and reconciliation. Among these themes, this paper is going to analyze how personal identity is so important for a these main characters, and how they achieve them in their own methods. Along the way, the paper will be illustrating the hopes and desires of these two characters; their perplexity and predicament of their situation; their personal lifestyle and its influences; and their relationship to family and friends. Jackson from "What You Pawn I will
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