'Looking for Alibrandi' Essay

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Looking for Alibrandi Essay
Describe what Josie Alibrandi learns about herself, her family, friends and cultural background and explain how her insights enable her to achieve her ‘emancipation’.
The novel ‘Looking for Alibrandi’ by Melinda Marchette is all about Josephine Alibrandi searching to achieve her ‘emancipation’ from her family and cultural heritage. In this essay, I will write about what Josie learns about her family, friends and cultural background, what she learns about herself through the year and how this helps her to achieve her ‘emancipation’.
Josie lives at home with her single Mum Christina. Christina had Josie when she was 17. Josie’s father moved to Adelaide after Christina got pregnant, so Josie had never met her
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Martha’s, an elite Catholic school. At her school she has three close friends but feels trapped between two cultures, neither accepted by the Australians, nor the Italians. Josie had her first deep relationship that year with Jacob Coote. Whom she admired for his individuality; he is passionate, which is what attracts Josie. Josie is also friends with John Barton, the son of a well-known politician. When John dies, Josie realizes that John died to achieve his ‘emancipation’from feelings of futility, loneliness and despair. Josie, however, has to live to achieve her ‘emancipation’. As Jacob said, “… Dreams are goals. John ran out of goals. So he died” (page 239)
At the beginning of the year, Josie dislikes her Italian heritage, but gradually, comes to the realization that she is who she is, because of her culture, and nobody or nothing can make her change. Her culture and background make her who she is. Even though she may be embarrassed by being a “Wog” she comes to the understanding that it doesn’t matter what race you are, because it’s a multicultural society, she will be accepted for who she is: “If someone asks me what nationality I am, I’ll tell them I’m Australian with Italian blood flowing rapidly through my veins. I’ll say that with pride…” (Page 259) People will still talk about her but their gossip is no longer implanted, because she doesn’t care anymore.

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