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Character Study Of Josephine Alibrandi. From The Novel "Looking For Alibrandi" By Melina Marchetta.

1017 words - 4 pages

Looking for Alibrandi is a novel which deals with the concept of emotional change. Though a number of characters change quite significantly throughout the novel, I will be focusing on Josephine Alibrandi in this essay. A variety of events happen throughout the novel and movie to Josephine which influences her life and changes her perspective on it. Through these events the story shows that change and change of ones perspective can be triggered by certain events and experiences.A key event in the novel that changes Josephine Alibrandi's life is the meeting of her father, Michael Andretti. Initially, before Josephine has even met Michael, she resents him. She feels that he abandoned her mother while she was pregnant. When she first meets him however she gets the impression that he is intelligent and a decent human being, though she doesn't make it known to him. After Josephine gets into a fight at school with Carly Bishop, Carly's father threatens legal action. In the spur of the moment, Josephine says her father is a lawyer and he is called up and asked to come to the school. Unexpectedly, he arrives and the issue is resolved. As Josephine is walking along side her father, it is at this moment when she has a change of perception. She likes the feeling of having a father figure. This is a very significant change of Josephine's character in the story.Michael Andretti also faces a similar change in viewpoint of his daughter. When Michael first discovers that Josephine is his daughter he says, "I do not want to see her. I do not want to love her. I do not want a complication in my life." He is very negative and does not want to have anything to do with her. As the novel progresses, Josephine and Michael begin to bond together and enjoy each other's company. Michael faces a change in his perspective on fatherhood. He is at first in denial and does not want anything to do with Josie, but as certain events unfold, he wants to become a big part of her life and get to know what he has missed out on. Michael's change in perception is a gradual one, but a significant one which generates a change in how Josephine sees her Father.Another major change in the story is Josephine's view of her own identity. Initially, Josephine believes that her appearance and ethnic background is the determining factor in her social acceptance. She also believes that because she is at a wealthy school on a scholarship and has no father she is looked down upon. When Josephine is told by a teacher at her school, Sister Louise that she was actually voted school captain but was given the role of vice captain because they felt she lacked the leadership skills and that her and her friends are in fact trendsetters within the school looked upon with envy, she has a sudden change in perspective on herself. She has always lacked self esteem and was very conscious of what others...

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