What You Pawn I Will Redeem


Sherman Alexie

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What You Pawn I Will Redeem Symbols

The Powwow Regalia

Jackson’s grandmother’s powwow regalia represents the property that white people’s destruction of American Indian people’s property, cultures, and identities. The regalia was stolen from Agnes 50 years before the events of the story—but…

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The Five-Dollar Bills

The five-dollar bills that Jackson begins and ends his day with represent impoverished people’s hopeless position under capitalism. Jackson begins his quest at the pawnshop with five dollars, and when he returns a day later…

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