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"Looking For Alibrandi": Changes In The Character Of Josephine

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In the novel "Looking for Alibrandi" by Melina Marchetta, the main character Josie undergoes numerous changes by the end of the text. Throughout the year that the book covers, many events occur that change Josie's personality and attitude towards the world. She matures from being a very stubborn and hot-tempered girl to a more responsible and experienced young woman.When we meet seventeen-year-old Josephine Alibrandi, at the beginning of the text, our first impression of her is that she is very rebellious and cheeky. We know that she is rebellious because of the fact that she is reading a magazine during class. We also see this in the way that she speaks to and about Sister Gregory. "Religion class, first period Monday morning, is the place to try to pull the wool over the eyes of Sister Gregory." When she is caught with the magazine, she is able to skilfully talk her way out of trouble. "I brought this magazine in today, Sister, to speak to everyone about how insulted we are as teenagers and how important it is that we think for ourselves...". This reply also shows that she is intelligent, quick thinking and articulate. The reader is impressed and amused by Josephine's antics, but feels that she was slightly disrespectful.As we read further through the novel we get to see some of Josephine's less attractive qualities. We learn that she tends to be very melodramatic. An example of this is "It's cancer isn't it.... I threw myself down on the bed". The reader is often frustrated with Josephine's melodrama, as are her friends. Lee tells her "Jacob is the only person I know who can put up with your melodrama." Some other unattractive qualities we witness are Josephine's impulsiveness, her quick temper and her occasionally violent tendencies. She is constantly getting into arguments with Jacob and loses her temper quickly and easily. This can lead to her making rash and impulsive decisions. An example of this is after Carly Bishop calls Josephine a bastard, Josie hits Carly in the face with a book. Josephine acts without thinking of the possible consequences of her actions. While the reader does not like Carly at all, we that Josie's actions are childish and unwise.Josephine can be selfish and self-centred; she considers her problems to be much larger and more difficult than other people's problems. She is always thinking about herself. When she is with John he tells her that she has "no pressures in life". The first time we see her truly consider her problems in comparison to those of others is after John's suicide. Her selfishness means she can be insensitive and thoughtless. An example of this is when she rudely asks Jacob "Didn't your mother teach you any manners?"Josephine is a very determined person which the reader admires a lot. During her final exams she works and studies very hard. She is ambitious and driven which we can tell from...

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