Types of Changing in "Looking for Alibrandi" Essay
1094 WordsApr 13th, 20115 Pages
There are many types of change, change in perspective, emotional change, physically change and world change. In Looking for Alibrandi, the author, Melina Marchetta demonstrates, the concept of change not only through the main character, Josephine, but also some other minor characters such as Michael Andretti and John Barton though the majority is shown through Josephine. The poem, “The Door” by Miroslav Holub is very similar to Looking for Alibrandi as it also shows the concept of change but it tells us that change can mean that anything could happen even if that anything is nothing. Change can be good, it can be bad, change can be anything and it can even start relationships.
Relationships can be a catalyst for change; it can start…show more content…
As the novel progresses she starts to realize that it doesn’t matter where you come from, you’re as special as anyone else, she says “I’m an Australian with Italian blood flowing rapidly through my veins. I’ll say that with pride, because it’s pride that I feel”’ (By using repetition of the word ‘pride’ demonstrates her change in self perception and her confidence in her cultural identity, it also re-enforces that she has pride in herself).
After figuring out that being Italian and Australian doesn’t matter, she reassures herself, Jacob says ‘You people should go back to your own country if you’re so confused.’ Josie responds ‘‘This is my country,’ I whispered.’ (The fact that she whispers demonstrates her shock and also her lack of conviction that she truly belongs which shows us that she has accepted her culture and heritage.) Therefore I have learnt that change can show us things that we’ve never seen before and with change, we learn to accept things for the better.
As opposed to positive, change can be negative, negative change can influence the other people around you and change them as well. In the novel, John Barton dies; this death negatively influences the people close to him like Josie. Before John dies, Josie has a crush on him and says to us, ‘Picture this. School Captain of St Anthony’s. Son of a member of Parliament. Greatest debater who ever lived. Good looking.
'looking For Alibrandi' Essay. Theme: Family
Essay question: Family has a strong influence on our lives. It affects the way we view ourselves and those around us. How has family influenced Josephine and what impact does it have?Family is one of our main influences in our lives, although we are not always aware of it. It shapes the people we are and the choices we make in our lives. In the text 'Looking for Alibrandi' by Melina Marchetta, Josephine Alibrandi is seeking to be free from the world and its misunderstood societal regulations throughout her twelfth year of high school - the year of change and new ways of thinking. Throughout her journey, her family influences her way of thinking. She grows and learns through family and structure, accepting her Italian heritage and family members. Family shows who she is, and by accepting that, Josie is able to live freely to the life she dreamed of, although not in the way she originally expected. Throughout the book, family influences Josephine to reach her goal of emancipation, creating a connected family and a liberated perspective on life.
Throughout the book, Josie's way of thinking changes immensely, from negativity towards her family and culture, to a new understanding and perspective towards life. This is the effect from family, personal experiences, and sharing truths and feelings. Which teaches Josie how she feels about her culture, family and find the part of herself which is embedded in her family. Showing that her family influences and changes the way she feels about life and gives her a new perspective towards it. As the book progresses, Josephine learns to appreciate family - the sacrifices they make her, her Italian heritage and the community of family. Josie became respectful and thankful towards her family as apposed to resentful, because they loved her and her individuality. This has influenced Josie to learn her own truths, make her own rules and way of life, but most importantly, to figure out where her place in life is, 'I know where my place in life is. It's not where the Seras or the Carlys of the world have slotted me… I'm an Australian with Italian blood flowing rapidly through my veins. I'll say that with pride, because it's pride that I feel.' (page 259). Once Josie realises that her family had confided with her and had sacrificed all these things for her and the Alibrandi/Andretti name, she took action, to change her life for herself and her family, to be a better person. 'A lot has changed at home… Maybe because I've changed.' (page 259), this shows that from what her family has taught her, Josephine has changed for the better. Maybe not in the way she expected to, but in the way she can learn to accept herself and her family, which has changed her family life to a more loving, excepting community.
Every family has structure, just like Josephine's family. Josephine's family has a very significant structure, which is generally influenced by their
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