Melina Marchetta Explores the Idea of Changing Perspectives Through Her Characters in 'Looking for Alibrandi'. How Does She Achieve This?
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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 with. She enables readers to develop their own perspectives of each character as they mature and change by using literary techniques to intrigue the audience and provoke thought about the changing perspectives of the characters.…show more content…
Another significant relationship in the novel that helps shape our understanding of the idea of changing perspectives is Josie's relationship with her father, Michael Andretti. Before Josephine had met Michael, she resented him, she saw him as the man who abandoned her mother when she needed him most. The feeling was mutual. In chapter 6; Michael's first encounter with Christina, he says to her "I do not want to see her. I do not want to love her. I do not want a complication in my life, I don’t want this in my life". Marchetta deliberately uses repetition of the words 'I do not want,’ to dramatise Michael's evident disinterest in Josie.
As the novel progresses, Josie and Michael begin to bond and understand each other. The key event that changes Josie's perspective of Michael is her dispute with Carly Bishop. When Carly rudely calls Josie a wog in class, Josie’s instincts told her to hit Carly with the science book that was conveniently in her hand. Carly's father threatens legal action, which leads to Josie spitting out that her father is a lawyer and he is called up to come to the school. Unexpectedly, he arrives and the issue is resolved. As Josie walks alongside her father with the eyes of her classmates glued on her she says to herself, "I walked past my class-mates with Michael Andretti beside me and for a few