Changing Perspective

Changing Perspective

  • Submitted By: sxckitty
  • Date Submitted: 02/14/2009 10:12 PM
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Good morning teachers and fellow students
Today my speech will be focused on changing perspective and its relation to the novel “Looking for Alibrandi”.
A change in perspective often means a new way of looking at life. “Looking for Alibrandi” is a novel that mostly deals with this nature of change and its effects on each individual. It recounts a teenage girl, Josephine Alibrandi’s last year of high school where she discovers who she is through both positive and negative circumstances.

As being an Australian born Italian girl, Josie faces strong difficulties standing between these two cultures. At beginning, Josie views her family as something which stops her being herself. However late on in the story, Josie’s friend John Barton’s death makes Josie realize that although she is poor, she is free to choose the sort of life she wants. John’s life, however, was controlled by his family and suicide seems to be the only way out for him. Josie’s discovery helps her to realize that her culture makes up her own identity that she cannot cut herself from it.

Besides the theme of identity, Josephine’s changing perspective of her father, Michael Andretti. At first, Josie resent him because she feels that Michael abandoned her mother while she was pregnant. Josie forced herself to be strong and independent so she would never rely on him. However when Josie gets into a fight at school with Carly, Michael comes to her rescue and this is when Josie’s perspective starts to change. Their relationship continues to grow stronger throughout the novel where Josephine has finally come to realize the importance of having a father and what a stable father figure really means to her.

Furthermore, generation gaps also play a major role in the novel “Looking for Alibrandi”. At beginning, Josie hates the way that her Nonna pick a fight deliberately and has no respect for other people’s privacy. However when Nonna explains the hardship she has being through, Josie’s perspective...

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