Importance Of Freedom In Looking For Alibrandi

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How do you think of free? Do you think to be free is only means to get out of one’s control and keep yourself free or is to use your hands to be respect and enhance the freedom of others? Before I finish reading the book “Looking for Alibrandi”, I may believe that get out of one’s control is the meaning of to be free. However, when I finish reading the book, I started wondering, living in a way of respects and enhances the freedom of others is the truly meaning of “to be free”. Therefore, I agree with Nelson Mandela’s quote, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” And I will discuss my idea, which is reference to Melina Marchetta’s 1992 novel, Looking for …show more content…
As we know, Australian is a multi-racial country, which means there are large number of people in Australian come from different countries, and they share different cultural and behavior. To be respect and accept to the other’s cultural can improve the communication among people; can give them a sense of ‘social equal’. By doing the research, I found that since 20 century, more and more people from different countries and backgrounds have come to Australian and shared their cultural to the others. At the every beginning, it is very hard for them to accept each other’s cultural and behavior, the always have argue with people who shared different skin color and discriminate people have different faith or religion. In the book “Looking for Alibrandi”, Josephine said, “Do you know how many Italian girls were not allowed to play at my house, Michael? They wanted to, I know that, but their mothers would not let them. The Australian girls were the worst.”(234) However, in 21 century, people in Australian start thinking and wondering, whether they should accept the other cultural. A large number of people start enhancing and accepting different cultural and faith, which makes all Australians to equality of treatment and opportunity so that they are able to contribute to the social, political and economic life of Australia. More and more people can be free from discrimination, including on the …show more content…
“Most of the conflicts are started by disagreement.” People always feel hard to accept anything they are not agreed and they always argue and fight for that. Respecting and enhancing the behavior and background of others is one of the best ways to reduce conflict. In the book “Looking for Alibrandi”, we can find that Josephine always argue with others for several reasons, most of them are caused by disagreement. She argued with her grandmother because she does not accept her father; she argued with her mother because she does not want to follow her mother’s idea; she argued with her boyfriend because they always have different thinking and ways of solving problem, she argued with Carly because of the discrimination. Josephine thought, “I vowed like I do every time we have a fight that when I turn eighteen I will leave ad never have anything to do with my family again.”(40) And “They stifle me with ridiculous rules and regulations they have bought with them from Europe, but they have not changed with the times like the Europeans have.”(40) By doing the research, I realized that the freedom of others could be explained by the personal thinking and the behavior of others. When people are abled to respect and enhance the other’s thinking and behavior, the conflict must be reduced. The government also realized this and they introduced policy that when people were describing their cultural concept, they

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