Individual Text Record Sheet for AOS: Belonging
Title: Looking for Alibrandi
Composer: Melina Marchetta
Form and text type: Novel
Publication date: 1992
Context: Set in 1992, Sydney, Australia, surrounding the secluded Italian community. Audience: Young adults
Purpose: To educate young adults on the stresses and losses of life and how, through reflection, they can set you free. Brief synopsis of text: Looking for Alibrandi focuses on one girl and the shame her family’s indiscretions have brought on them. Throughout h HSC year, her father returns, she falls in love, loses a friend and discovers the truth of her identity.
List four textual features that convey the concept of Belonging (techniques): 1. Humour: Humour is used in Looking for Alibrandi to convey Josie’s cultural connections to food such as pizza and pasta, as shown when Josie is having a conversation with her father who asks if she likes pizza to which she replies, “What a ridiculous question. I suppose you’re going to ask me if I like pasta next.” The use of sarcasm by Josie, clearly demonstrates the humour in the novel by dismissing her father’s question as the answer should be obvious. This sets the foundation for the father-daughter relationship to develop. 2. Characterisation: In the novel the characters personalities are reflected through the use of stereotypes. This is best shown through Nonna and Jacob. Nonna is a stereotypical Italian grandmother, who strongly clings to her cultural heritage to the extent where all her furniture is Italian. Jacob, on the other hand, is the typical rebel. He is part of a gang, gets into trouble often and rides a motorcycle. The stereotyping of Nonna shows her strong connection to her Italian heritage whereas the characterisation of Jacob demonstrates his lack of connection to his Australian background. 3. Imagery: Imagery is used in Looking for Alibrandi after Josie’s friend John Barton commits suicide, where she starts to have hallucinations of...
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