Looking Alibrandi Australian Identity Essay
As the year goes on, they get closer, and it is through this closeness that Josie learns of Katia's secret, that her mother's biological father is not her Nonno Francesco, but is in fact, Marcus Sandford, an Australian man that Katia was friends with.Josie first learns of Marcus after having a fight with her mother Christina.From the beginning of the year, and perhaps before then, Josie thinks of her culture as something that will hold her back from being what she wants to be, and doing what she wants to do.She also sees it as the thing that keeps her from being like the others at her school.At the start of "Looking for Alibrandi", by Melina Marchetta we are introduced to a seventeen year old girl by the name of Josephine "Josie" Alibrandi, who is in her last year of high school. Not as an Australian and not as an Italian and not as an in-between. Josie also wants to be free to make her own decisions, and she doesn't want to care about what others are saying, like she does now. Licensed under GNU Free Documentation License" data-lightbox="media-gallery-1567816747"At the same time, she realises that she can't escape everything. Josie thinks that part of her emancipation is to be free of her Italian background, which is not possible, because it will always be a part of her.All of these changes, and others, help to shape the character of Josephine Alibrandi. She believes that it may stop her from achieving her emancipation.
She later realises that she can never get away from it.Throughout the year Josie went through many changes and developments, caused by important events in her life.Some things happened that she expected, like her emancipation, and some things that happened that she didn't really expect, like accepting her culture.It wasn't at one particular point either, it was at several." (pg258). Not because Sister Louise told me so or because she made me believe I was.At the Walk-a-thon, for example, Josie realised that leaving the walk-a-thon to go with her friends was wrong. I knew deep down that I was wrong and I think that my emancipation began at that moment." (pg185).At Christina's birthday party Josie realises that it was impossible for Francesco to be Christina's father, because he was away for the holidays.Josie then has an argument with Katia about this, and runs out of the house. It was like he was a myth I could always dream about. Her reality was living with a man who detested her for something her mother did." (pg218).And by the looks of things, Nonna didn't have the right to.Jacob didn't give a damn who I was either, John accepted me the way I was and Lee and Anna had never made me feel different.Events such as these lead to her emancipation, letting Josie feel free.At the beginning of the year Josie doesn't have a good relationship with her Nonna, Katia.