What You Pawn I Will Redeem By Sherman Alexie

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Personal identity is a way one sees themselves and is related to their image and self esteem. It guides them through their life as to what they want to do and get out of life. It is also an indication of a person 's individualism and self-satisfaction. It is an important aspect of a person 's life. Every person identifies themselves to certain groups, organizations, culture, ethnicity, characters, goals or to things. The story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" by Sherman Alexie describes a homeless Indian man Jackson from 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 tries his best to get the regalia back. The story is about this character Jackson; and the events that happen to 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 relationship with his older brother, the narrator of the story. The story revolves around home, family, the 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.
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