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The Theme Of Fatherhood In Looking For Alibrandi

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In each of us there is an emotional hole, which can only be filled by the presence of a father. The importance of having a father is both recognized and emphasised, in the novel Looking for Alibrandi. This novel explores the ideas of fatherhood, the influence fathers have on their children, and the impact of having a father who is an alcoholic or a high class politician. It also deals with the harsh realities of what the absence of a father can mean.A father is not just someone who starts or creates a human being through his sperm, a father is a parent whose responsibility is to bring up his children. Since the very beginning of time, God incorporated a father into his design for families The bible strongly advocates fathers as a part of the family to be the leader and head of the household. People may argue that a mother or another adult can quite successfully fulfill the role of a father but deep inside our souls we all yearn for a father, this is to be expected, as our fathers are a part of our personality and genetic make-up. We can try to hide or disguise this need for a father we each have, but we cannot truthfully deny it.In the novel Looking for Alibrandi Josies's illegitimacy has huge implications in her search for herself and her social standing. These implications become even more drastic when she starts school at St Martha's because she begins to understand on page 8 'what the absence of a father meant.' Fathers are very important in the lives of the girls who attend St. Martha's school. They have power and influence and determine the wealth class and prestige of the girls. We see on page 21 that 'what your father did for a living counted'. And not having a father makes Josie feel that she will 'never be a part of their society'.Unlike Josie, Lee does have a father. However, he is an alcoholic and just as not having a father has affects so does having a father who is an alchoholic. We learn on page 20, the reason Lee is part of Josies's group of friends and not 'the popular group is because once when she was in primary school her father came to pick her up from a birthday party blind drunk It is through this that we come to a firmer realisation of the importance of a fathers reputation.What a father expects of his son or daughter is also very important we are able to come to a greater understanding of this through the tragic suicide of John Barton. Whilst John appears to have it all being the school captain of St Anthony's and according to Josie on page 41 'the greatest debater who ever lived. Good...

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