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What You Pawn I Will Reedem

It is important to understand that some conflicts in literature might not always be obvious. Considering how an author addresses conflict via literary techniques can reveal other more complex conflicts or different kinds of conflicts that interact in multiple ways. Analyzing those more complicated elements can help you discover what literature represents about the human experience and condition. With this in mind, consider that your thesis might be a claim about how conflict is represented in a work, whether through character, setting, or tone. This is not a personal reflection on conflict in general or a conflict you face but an analysis of how literary elements are used to express a conflict in a given literary work—in this case, a short story.

The literary analysis should be organized around your rough draft and thesis statement. Your thesis is the controlling idea of the entire essay. In the Week One assignment you submitted a proposal in which you chose a topic based on the List of Writing PromptsPreview the documentView in a new window. You also identified a short story to analyze from the List of Literary WorksPreview the documentView in a new window. In Week Two you compiled an annotated bibliography in which you identified your primary and secondary sources. In Week Three, you created a rough draft and revised your working thesis. You also incorporated research into this draft.

Assignment Instructions

In this assignment, you will refine that thesis and essay even further and develop your argument. You are required to incorporate your instructor’s feedback in your Final Paper and to take peer feedback into consideration.

In your paper,

Create a detailed introduction that contains a thesis that offers a debatable claim based on one of the prompts on the list.
Apply critical thought by analyzing the primary source you selected from the approved List of Literary Works. Avoid summary and personal reflection.
Develop body paragraphs that contain clear topic sentences and examples that support the argument.
Write a conclusion that reaffirms the thesis statement and includes a summary of the key ideas in essay.
Apply your knowledge of literary elements and other concepts in your response to the prompt. Reference the list of literary techniquesPreview the documentView in a new window found in Week Two of the course and discussion forums.
Incorporate research from the primary and secondary sources.

 Proposal for final paper—Week 1


Once you have decided on an approved prompt and approved text(s), respond to the questions below.  Please be mindful of the word count and double-space all of your responses.  You are to meet the minimum word requirement without going over the maximum number of words requested.


  1. What is your chosen prompt for the literary analysis assignment?

(Use the space below to complete this section. Include the number and first sentence  of the prompt you chose from the list of prompts.)                                               


I chose to write about prompt #2: “What You Pawn, I Will Redeem”


  1. What interests you most about this prompt and why?

(Use the space below to complete this section. Your response must be 100 to 150 words.)


The main reason why I found this prompt interesting is because of my father’s situation. It is a long story and would take awhile to tell my childhood story, but he is currently homeless. My father has his PHD in petroleum and civil engineering. He has some mental issues and struggled with staying sober for years. He is so far gone now that we know he will never be the same. His mental illness has affected him to the point that he is homeless and is choosing that path. Something else that was interesting to me was the way he spent his money. Whenever Jackson Jackson came across some money he would spend it on something else. If you were really wanting to buy something that bad then wouldn’t you save your money?




  1. What text(s) will you write about? Why?

(Use the space below to complete this section. Your response must be 100 to 150 words.)


I plan on writing about the journey of a homeless Indian man. First, every time Jackson would leave his acquaintances or friends, they would disappear. He never thought about them disappearing and just accepted it. Second, at the end of the story Jackson could not find the pawnshop. He eventually found it again and stated that the man at the front counter looked younger. To me, this sounds like none of these people existed in the first place and he was making them up. Everywhere he turned, there was somebody that he “knew”. This shows that he has connections and feels lonely when he is surrounded by several other people. He is a man that doesn’t have a lot, but is very giving when he does have something.


  1. What is your working thesis? Keep in mind that “working thesis” means you can slightly modify your thesis for the draft and/or final essay.

(Use the space below to complete this section. Your thesis statement must be ONLY one to two sentences long.)

Jackson’s inability to understand the value of a dollar, immaturity, and lack of purpose causes a rocky journey.


  1. What are three key ideas that you will discuss in support of your thesis? (Write one — and only one — sentence for each point.
  2. Jackson can’t save money to put toward his grandmother’s property.
  3. Jackson’s mental and alcohol issues causes a lack of purpose.
  4. His willingness to not understand his situation, such as giving away money.





  1. What questions/concerns do you have at this point about your project?

(Use the space below to complete this section. Your response must be 75 to 150 words long.)


There are a couple concerns that I have toward this final paper. One, the thesis statements. I struggle finding a thesis statement toward my whole paper. I tend to get off topic a little bit because I try and fill the space that I need to make the requirements of the paper. Another concern I have is finding different vocabulary. I plan on looking up synonyms and talking to my better half that is better at writing than me.

Last Updated on March 16, 2020

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