How do the themes in looking for Alibrandi reveal the changes and development of Josie? After reading Looking For Alibrandi the reader finds Josie develops as a person due to experiences and changes that affect her life. Some of the changes that the reader witnesses about Josie is the fact that she never had a close relationship to her father, as he left her when she was still young. Other changes that the reader witnesses about Josie are her feelings of not belonging to her family heritage and trying to deal with the pressures of school and her close friend John Barton committing suicide. Relationships:
Josie never had a relationship with her father this is shown to the reader through Josie’s mother and the way she talked about Michael Andretti to Josie. This changed Josie’s opinion on her father through her mother’s behavior and the lack of wanting to talk about him. Josie now feels angry nerves and also frustrated to meet her dad. When they first apply eyes on each other Josie thought that Michael Andretti would be really hansom and have really nice eyes but he didn’t. “My father has a scent. It’s a combination of cigarettes aftershave and that scent all men have. I can pretend he doesn’t exist anymore.” Josie and her dad talk about different things that have been going on in her life in till her father brought up something Josie didn’t like. “Stop being polite, you’re making me puke. Be angry or be rude-but don’t you pretend I’m not here”. She said to her father that she never wants to see or talk to him ever again. But he wanted to be close. Later on in the storey the reader finds that Josie and her dad start working things out and now they are starting to become good friends he tells her that he wants to adopt her and says that he is moving up to Balmain. In the novel looking for alibrandi the reader finds that Josie is starting and developing a strong relationship with her father. Josie now is very happy and exited about her dad becoming closer to her life. Not belonging:
In the novel Looking for Alibrandi Josie feels as if she does not belong to her families’ culture. This is shown to the reader when Josie rebels against the cultural differences of her Italian background. “This might be where I
come from, but do I really belong”? This quote is a sign of Josie feeling as if she doesn’t belong to her family heritage and she feels as if her mother would prefer her to date someone within the same cultural background. To the reader Josie comes across as determined to do things her in her own way. For example, “I’m not going to be trapped by them, I’m going places”. In the novel looking for alibrandi the reader finds that Josie is experiencing and developing lots of things in her life she feels that she doesn’t belong in her family and thinks that she shouldn’t have been an alibrandi in the first place.
Dealing with pressure:
After studying looking for alibrandi the reader finds that Josie deals with lots of pressure with her family and also when John Barton commits suicide. Josie has to deal with lots of different things in her family like Josie mum and dad splitting up when she was young and also her grandma Nona. Nona says that she wants Josie to be more Italian to have the value of the older Italian culture. Nona says she doesn’t understand young Australian girls in this new aged life. Josie dislikes her culture in lots of ways she feels that she doesn’t belong and shouldn’t have been an alibrandi in the first place she hates the fact that she always has to do what her mum says and she says she wants to be free “I’m not gonna be trapped by them….I’m going places”. Also in the book looking for alibrandi the reader also finds that Josie had become good friends with John Barton at the start of the year when the HSC was starting she tried so hard to be a better student then john in lots of ways but couldn’t accomplish it because he was well spoken well dressed and a very smart man. John also said to Josie how today’s life was shit he said it was very complicated and he had enough of it he said he didn’t want to be around anymore. “If I could be anything but what I am, I would be tomorrow. If I could be what my father wants me to be, than maybe I could stay for that, too. If I could be what you want me to be. I’d want to stay. But I am what I am, and all I want is freedom”. John wrote this poem to Josie just before he died. In the novel looking for alibrandi the reader finds that Josie deals with lots of pressures in her life by her mum her grandma and John Barton she now is developing in a very mature way by dealing with these pressure and now is ready for the next obstacle that hits
In the novel looking for alibrandi the reader finds that Josie alibrandi goes through lots of different experiences. She has just started a new relationship with her father Michael Andretti. And found out that he wants to adopt her and says that he is moving to Balmain which is just up the road from Josie house. The reader also finds that Josie thinks she doesn’t belong in her family because she doesn’t like the Italian way and culture. Nona Josie’s Granma says that she wants her to be more Italian. Nona says that she doesn’t understand young Australian girls. In the novel Josie deals with lots of pressure from her family and also her good friend John Barton who commits suicide she can not find out why he did this and she feels very frustrated angry and really upset. Before john died he wrote a poem to Josie about the way he feels about life. “Can you see what I see? No I don’t think you can I see images of nothing and I attempt to make that nothingness mean something as hard as I try there is still nothing and that nothing it meaningless I am somewhere else now, outside I am surrounded by people and the sky. I see the people and the blueness of the sky but still nothing has changed everything remains the same I am still alone.” After studying the novel looking for alibrandi the reader finds that Josie experiences and develops and matures in lots of ways the reader finds that Josie is starting a strong relationship with her father. The reader also finds that Josie thinks she doesn’t belong with her Italian family because her mum and grandma always argues with her about it. Josie also experiences lots of different pressures in her life example her mum her grandma and her good friend John Barton. After reading this novel Josie seems like she is ready for anything what gets in her way.