Dealing with Illegitimacy

Dealing with Illegitimacy

. As a set text for “discovery”

1. Plot summary- Looking for Alibrandi

Josephine is in her final year at school ( St Martha’s girls’ school). Her life is complicated by the arrival of her father, Michael Andretti, who wants nothing to do with a daughter he has never seen. In the course of the year, Josephine has two boyfriends. The first is Jacob Coote, a boy with a working class background, who doesn’t take school seriously; the other, John Barton, is the son of a prominent politician and whose father expects him to do Law. She decides to date Jacob. During that year, she also discovers the secrets of her family's past

Josephine has to deal with illegitimacy, racism and class differences at school. Ivy Lloyd is her enemy and academic rival. Josephine is influenced by her peers Anna, Sera and Lee and this is to her detriment; she almost loses her vice captaincy. The pressures of the final HSC exams add another anxiety to her life. At the start of her first exam, she learns that John Barton has committed suicide.

- Melinda Marchetta

The characters are not an intentional search; they don’t plan to discover the truth. Josephine stumbles upon the family history through her grandmother’s photographs and oral history. In fact, she is too self absorbed to want to learn from her grandmothers experiences. Likewise, it was not Katia’s intention to disclose her affair to Josephine, yet it does not mark the beginning of her self discovery.

Some topics in this essay:
Jacob Coote, John Barton’s, Christina Josephine, John Barton, Melinda Marchetta, Likewise Katia’s, Sera Lee, Discovery Contents, Katia Torelli, Nonna Katia, jacob coote, 2 set text, set text, christina nonna, text “discovery”, nonna katia, michael andretti, josephine reader, john barton, 2 set, course josephine, set text “discovery”,

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Approximate Word count = 764
Approximate Pages = 3 (250 words per page double spaced)

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