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"Looking For A Librandi" By Melina Marchetta Changing Perspective

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Changing Perspective Speech - Abdulqadir YamaniEverything and everyone changes. Some people adjust well to change while others have trouble wanting things to remain the same. You might often hear older people in society say, "things were so much better in the good old days". Young people meanwhile complain, "I miss being a kid". Change and how we get used to it can help us develop and mature. Instead of resisting change we should go along with it and use it as a way of learning about ourselves and therefore improve our own and other people's perspectives of the world and each other. I intend to discuss three texts about changing perspectives in the modern world.The first of my three texts is a cartoon by well known Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig. It is called, "if you're such a bright young thing, how come you wear so much black?"The cartoon has two characters talking about identity. Let's call the character dressed in white, Man 1 and the character dressed in black as Man 2. Man 1 questions Man 2 as to why he wears black clothes. The answer that he gets is that, firstly, he could still be 'bright' on the inside, and, secondly, he wears black because he is always going to his own funeral.At the end of the cartoon the cool and stylish character in black crumbles right in front of your eyes into a smiling fool as his real personality is revealed.Man 2 desires to hide the person he once was: the 'boofhead', the 'dag', and the 'dork'. Instead of being what he was he wants to appear to the world as a 'bright young thing', a cool, stylish man that is distinguished and in full control. Man 2 has tried to change culture's perspective of himself, and his own perspective of himself, by changing his appearance on the outside. Too bad for him, he cannot change what he is on the inside.This cartoon is an examination of the superficial nature of people trying to be someone or something that they are not, and the difficulty that trying to do this brings up.In relation to "Looking for Alibrandi" the character of Sera tries to create an image of herself, she is depicted as cool and sophisticated.Her response to Josie's dilemmas for example the break up with Jacob Coote, show her unfeeling and insensitive: this can be seen when she tells Josie, "Maybe if you slept with Jacob you'd still be with him now". This show's Sera only relates to people on a very superficial level. She is as superficial as her appearance.The second text I wish to discuss is "Father and Son" it is a popular song written and originally performed by British singer Cat Stevens on his 1970 album Tea for the Tiller man.The song, whose music is soft with a harmonious dynamic, is about a conversation between a father not understanding a son's desire to change his life by breaking away and shaping a new life, and the son who cannot really explain himself but knows what he must do, he tries to change his father's perspective.Stevens sings in a deeper tone for the Father parts, whilst using a...

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