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Josie is lighthearted and somewhat flighty; she's ready to leave high school behind and wants to get on with the rest of her life. Her relationships with her mother and her grandmother are somewhat strained, but she loves both of them very much, even if she has difficulty showing it. When her father comes back into her life she wants nothing to do with him; she resents him deeply for what he did to her mother and takes a very long time to warm to him. She's fiercely protective of the people she loves and is a dreamer; she wants to go to university to become a barrister.
Jacob Coote is rough around the edges- he can be a bit of a troublemaker and has a temper, but beneath it he has a very good heart. He’s fiercely opinionated and doesn’t care what other people think of him. Jacob has had a rough life emotionally- he lost his mother when he was young- and takes care of the people he loves.
John is a smart, quiet boy who goes to school with Josie. He’s very kind and looks out for his friends, and plans on going into politics- all of the men in his family, going back several generations, have been politicians. He doesn’t really want to go into government, but knows that it’s expected of him. He’s a very wholesome, good kid, and Josie has had a crush on him for years.
Katia is a very traditional Italian housewife, who is an excellent seamstress and an even better cook. She’s strict and doesn’t show affection very often, and has very traditional expectations for her daughter and granddaughter, and as a result doesn’t have the warmest of relationships with them. However, it’s obvious that she cares about them. She has a lot of secrets that she hides from her family, but eventually shares them.
Christina is Josie’s mother and is very protective of her daughter, sometimes overly so. Her relationship with her mother can be strained, but she clearly loves both her and Josie. She never regrets getting pregnant unexpectedly, even though Michael Andretti left her high and dry and to this day refuses to acknowledge his daughter.
Michael is Josie’s father, who wanted nothing to do with her when she was a baby and is still extremely reluctant to get to know her as a teenager. He’s very successful, and eventually warms to his daughter, but they never have an incredible relationship.
Greg was abused by his father when he was little, and became abusive towards Josie when they were both grown up.
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.
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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.