Today on the midmorning show we discuss the issue of changing
perspectives in today's world. You are listening to Erin Carrot and joining me
in the studio is Karen Finch, a youth worker from the Campbletown area,
who specialises in adolescent psychology. Welcome to the program Karen. K.F.
Thank you, lovely to be here.
Also joining us via the telephone is Mr Graeme Anderson, from the
department of immigration, who will be sharing his thoughts on how learning
of other's experiences can change an individuals perspective. Welcome to
the show Graeme. G.A.
Pleasure. Thank you for having me.
Describe to myself and the listeners, if you could, how a person's
perspective may be changed through increased maturity. Karen, as this
relates primarily to your area of expertise, would you like to start us off? K.F.
Of course. Examples of this are everywhere in society, even if we don't
recognise them. A good example can be derived from the novel Looking for
Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta. At the beginning of the novel, the main
character, Josie Alibrandi, can be seen to be arrogant and self centred,
while at the end of the book she is much more mature and aware of others
around her. This change comes as the result of different experiences. One
of the main events which affects her is the walkathon fiasco. This is a major
turning point for Josie as it is when she accepts her responsibilities
and that she was wrong in her actions. We are able to derive this
information from the techniques which the author used in writing it. Host
What types of techniques were used by Melina Marchetta to convey this
message to the reader? K.F.
At one stage Josie says to another student who is congratulating her One
of the year 7 kids could have been grabbed by a mad man. I was
responsible for them. That's what the big deal was. I was wrong in what I
did yesterday'. The colloquial language used, mad man' and big deal',
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