What You Pawn I Will Redeem

by

Sherman Alexie

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Rose of Sharon Character Analysis

Rose of Sharon is a part of Jackson’s “regular crew.” She’s Yakama American Indian from Washington, and Jackson describes her a short woman with a tall personality. She’s with Jackson when he initially finds his grandmother’s powwow regalia in the pawnshop but abandons him shortly after the quest to earn it back begins. Instead, Rose hitchhikes to go live on her sister’s reservation.
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Rose of Sharon Character Timeline in What You Pawn I Will Redeem

The timeline below shows where the character Rose of Sharon appears in What You Pawn I Will Redeem. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Noon
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Jackson’s “regular crew” are Rose of Sharon and Junior, who are also homeless Indians. Even if nobody else cares about them, they... (full context)
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Today, Jackson, Rose of Sharon , and Junior are panhandling at Pike Place Market. After a couple hours, they take... (full context)
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...Junior that it’s his family’s story, so he should be the one to tell it. Rose of Sharon asks the pawnbroker if he’ll return the regalia to Jackson, but the pawnbroker says he... (full context)
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...regalia back. Jackson agrees, and the pawnbroker gives him $20 to get him started. Jackson, Rose of Sharon , and Junior walk out of the store in search of the remaining money they... (full context)
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...last corner. He walks inside and says hello to the pawnbroker. The pawnbroker asks after Rose of Sharon and Junior, and Jackson tells him that they are travelling, but that “it’s O.K.” because... (full context)
1:00 P.M.
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With the $20 from the pawnbroker, and the $5 from their panhandling, Jackson, Rose of Sharon , and Junior head over to the 7-Eleven and buy three “bottles of imagination.” They... (full context)
2:00 P.M.
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Jackson wakes up after briefly passing out from the alcohol. Rose of Sharon is gone, and Jackson only later learns that she hitchhiked back home to live with... (full context)
8:00 P.M.
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Jackson walks back to Junior, excited to share his good news. However, just like Rose of Sharon , Junior has disappeared. It’s only later that Jackson finds out he hitchhiked to Portland,... (full context)