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Melina Marchetta

reflections of their authors, but in reading interviews with Melina Marchetta, I am led to believe this is not the case for her, at least not with Taylor Markham. However, I do believe that Marchetta chooses her characters very specifically. Throughout the book, Taylor is introduced and developed as a character with remarkable depth and insight, despite her tender years, and I think this has a lot to do with the way that Marchetta views maturity and coming-of-age. I get the impression that...

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Personal Response to Looking for Alibrandi Author: Melina Marchetta

PERSONAL RESPONSE TO LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI The novel Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta (1993), is about a young 16 year old girl named Josephine Alibrandi trying to find herself in her final year of high school. It shows high and lows throughout the novel with Josie finding her father and starting a relationship with him, to losing her close friend John Barton from suicide. There are many themes in the novel such as Family, Relationships, Search for identity and MULTICULTURALISM. The narrative...

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Melina Marchetta Explores the Idea of Changing Perspectives Through Her Characters in 'Looking for Alibrandi'. How Does She Achieve This?

Changing perspectives is defined as the change of how an individual sees something or someone. Melina Marchetta uses changing perspectives in a variety of ways in her novel ‘Looking for Alibrandi’, highlighting that change is a lifelong process because no one is ever completely mature or knowledgeable, and that it can be unexpected and subtle or gradual and natural. Marchetta demonstrates this concept of change through her characters and certain events, experiences, perspectives and people they associate...

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Conflict in Texts

How has your understanding of the consequences of conflict been shaped by the techniques used by various composers? The film, Unfinished Sky by Peter Duncan together with the novel, Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta and Bruce Dawe’s poem, ‘Homecoming’, demonstrate that the consequences of conflict are exceedingly varied. The audio, visual and language techniques used by the composers throughout these texts allow an in depth exploration of the consequences of conflict. The texts show that...

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Looking for Alibrandi

faced by adolescents due to the changes that hinder their journey and must be overcome before progressing through to adulthood. Melina Marchetta successfully explores some of these many rites of passages including social status, family difficulties and cultural acceptance. One of the many hardships that Josie overcomes involves the acceptance of her cultural heritage. Melina Marchetta’s use of metaphor, “culture is nailed into you so deep, you can’t escape it, no matter how hard you run”, shows that...

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Saving Francesca

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (2003) • St Stella friends use to guide her identity. • Mia is suffering depression and is no longer telling Francesca who she should be and what she should be doing. • Francesca has always been influenced by her mother and her St. Stella friends who she is and now that the connection is lost so is Francesca and her identity. • Starting at St. Sebastian’s is giving her the opportunity to explore who she really is. • The person Francesca is trying to be...

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The Discoveries of Josephine Alibrandi

Melina Marchetta explores the discoveries and changes encountered by an teenager, through the eyes of Josephine Alibrandi. Josephine is a 17 year old girl, with Italian heritage, throughout her life she has faced racial discrimination, further more she has encountered many offensive comments directed tat the scandal of her illegitimacy. Throughput her final year in high school, she comes to understand who she is and comes to understand what is important to her. For the whole of the novel Melina Marchetta...

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alibrandi essay

relationships and discoveries interweave. “Looking for Alibrandi“ published in 1992 by Melina Marchetta, “In the park” written in 1963 by Gwen Harwood and “What a girl wants” created in 2003 by Dennie Gordon all show immense discoveries and send messages through the techniques like hypocracy, flashback, sarcasm, camera angles and polar opposites. In the text “Looking for Alibrandi,” published in 1992 by Melina Marchetta discoveries are uncovered through the interpersonal relationship between Josie and...

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Looking for Alibrandi: Multicultralism Vs Peer Pressure

Looking for Alibrandi {1992} is a novel written by Melina Marchetta, which presents to us the internal conflict that immigrant children face in a multicultural society. Throughout the novel Josephine Alibrandi struggles to find her personal and cultural identity, she is trying to find who she is. At school she experiences a feeling of being different and endures prejudice of other students who have not learnt to accept or appreciate anyone different from themselves. Through her last year she learns...

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Looking for Alibrandi

forming one’s characters and has a great influence which may lead to take risks as one experiences something new. In “Looking for Alibrandi” by Melina Marchetta the protagonist, Josephine Alibrandi is experiencing the periods of adolescence, during this period she deals with the friendships and relationships between John Barton and Jacob Coote(Marchetta, 1992). There are many differences between John and Jacob, whilst the social classes; personality; perspective and change. However there are also...

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