The plot is about the life of Jackson, a destitute Indian man. The character is presented as exceptional because of his tremendous beneficence, albeit impulsively. It is unusual for people of his social class to be so charitable (Alexie, 2003).
Jackson’s kindness is manifested when he insists on exchanging a hundred dollars with Mary, despite her reservations. He also buys Indian drinks at the pub. He also goes ahead and gives generous tips to the waitress. He also pays for a meal of Aleut at the Big Kitchen and is satirically complimented by the waitress.
His kindness is reckless and ill-informed. He shares the little money he has despite his immediate need for it to regain his grandmother’s regalia. As such, his goal is negatively affected. His actions and needs are conflicting and characteristic of mental disorder. Rational people would do things that purpose to achieve their life goals rather than hinder them (Weinberger, 2003).
Another important character depicted by Jackson is his sense of responsibility. He feels obligated to regain his grandmother_x0092_s regalia from the pawn shop. To Jackson, the regalia is his life_x0092_s purpose. He turns down police assistance and insists on personal recovery of the family heirloom. He also survives loss of allies in his quest for the acquisition of the regalia. However, this is in contract with his drinking nature and irresponsible expenditure of his money.
In his compassion, Officer Williams offers some money to Jackson to accomplish his goal (Ramlochan, 2012). He accomplishes his goal, a surprise given his drunkenness and reckless use of money. Additionally, the Aleuts help illuminate Jackson_x0092_s delusion. The others Mary, the waitress, pawnshop owner and the other Indians at the bar acts to show Jackson_x0092_s absurdity and powerlessness.
Alexie, S. (2003). What You Will Pawn, I will Redeem. Retrieved from The New Yorker: www.newyorker.com/magazine/2003/04/21/what-you-pawn-i-will-redeem
Ramlochan, S. (2012). Story Sundays: _x0093_What You Pawn, I Will Redeem_x0094_ by Sherman Alexie. Retrieved from Novel Niche: novelniche.net/2012/05/06/story-sundays-what-youpawn-i-will-redeem-by-sherman-alexie/
Weinberger, E. (2003). Off the Reservation. Retrieved from The New York Times: www.nytimes.com/2003/06/15/books/off-the-reservation.html
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