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Concept Of Change: Looking For Alibrandi Essay

  • Submitted by: morgiemoo
  • on May 28, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 734 words

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The concept of change is explored as a major subject in the novel ‘Looking for Alibrandi’. Josephine Alibrandi is a teenager struggling with the various preconceptions she has about people in her life. She confronts and resolves a number of these issues and her attitudes towards her family and friends alter as she learns and understands more about them. There are numerous examples throughout the novel that demonstrate her emancipation. Ultimately Josie’s views of herself are not the same at the beginning novel as they are at the end; she is a changed person.
A change in perspective means a new way of looking at life; it is a natural part of growing up. Changes of perspective are triggered by events and experiences or they can be gradual. The visual text chosen depicts an empty fish bowl were the gold fish is on the other side looking in its direction. The fish is a bright orange and stands out as the focal point of the picture. The background image is spongy textured, representing clouds which gives the overall image a surreal sense. This can be related back to the idea that a ‘change of perspective’ is not a physical change but an emotional one. An event in the story that deals with this issue is Josie’s relationship with her father. At first Josie wants nothing to do with her father; she resents him for leaving her mother while she was pregnant. As Josie becomes accustomed to the idea of having a father and confronts him over various matters she begins to accept his reasons and eventually confides in him. This is the moment where Josie hypothetically ‘jumps into the fish bowl’. The ability to understand others is explored throughout ‘Looking for Alibrandi’ and over the duration of the novel Josie’s change is gradual as she matures and begins to understand where others are ‘coming from’.
This image is of a girl who both accepts her heritage while embracing the culture in which she lives.   It relates strongly to the events in ‘looking for Alibrandi’ that...

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