Year 11 Changing Perspectives Essay ('Looking for Alibrandi' and 'Breath' by Tim Winton)

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Personal Growth Practise Essay
“The process of changing perspectives inevitably contributes to personal growth.”
Analyse how this idea has been represented in your prescribed text, “Looking for Alibrandi”, and one related text of your choosing.
As individuals, when faced with gruelling or traumatic experiences, we are often compelled to feel a sense of loneliness and seclusion. However, it is precisely these times of isolation, through reflection and a willingness to embrace the situation that can force us to reconsider the original outlooks we hold, often resulting in a greater appreciation for life and a deeper understanding of who we truly are. This idea is clearly communicated in the feature film ‘Looking for Alibrandi’ (1999)
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Through the use of emotive language Winton communicates Pikelet’s initial feelings of isolation, provoking a sense of empathy from the reader: “I was a lone child and solitary by nature…. I felt that the age of my parents singularly marked me out somehow.” Echoing Josie’s original perspectives, Pikelet holds little regard for family, eventually abandoning his parents to embark in activities driven by a burning desire to become extraordinary. He pushes the boundaries to extreme levels and beyond personal danger. This is later described as “rebellion against the monotony of drawing breath,” breath and the concept of breathing being a recurring motif throughout the novel. Like Josie Alibrandi, Pikelet is living a self- indulged life, driven by ambitious behaviour, unable to recognise the values that provide life with real meaning.
Significantly, it is the confrontation with a series of catalytic life changing experiences that provide both protagonists with the opportunity to discover a deeper appreciation for life and to grow as individuals. Hence, the sudden death of John Barton serves as a major pivotal point in Josie’s life, painfully forcing her to re-evaluate her original preconceptions in relation to her self identity and the importance of family. Woods has purposely included the funeral scene to evocatively communicate the significance of John’s death for Josie. The lugubrious atmosphere has been reflected through the use of

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