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A change in perspective An alteration of view point A modification of outlook However you say it these words symbolise an adjustment of ideas that takes a person from one state of thinking to another The novel Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta and the film Titanic by James Cameron each present a similar change in perspective In the novel Looking for Alibrandi the narrating character Josephine Alibrandi or Josie changes her perspective of her friend John Barton Initially John is portrayed as an upper class good looking teenager who has the world at his fingertips Picture this School Captain of St Anthonys Son of a Member of Parliament Greatest debater who ever lived Good looking Popular What more could I want out of life This portrayal does not last long as both Josie and the reader learn John Bartons life is more complicated than originally perceived Marchetta uses several techniques to reveal Josies changing perspective These include the use of dialogue narration language and juxtaposition The use of dialogue provides the reader with viewpoints from characters other than the narrator More specifically this method allows readers to identify with John Barton for themselves instead of relying on the fallible narrator For example John initially refers humorously to his childhood I was a fairy bread hogger at parties but his mood later changes and becomes serious Ive always had to be the best because its been expected of me We are able to see the direct cause of Josies changing perspective It is the use of first person narration that most significantly displays Josies changing perspective of John It is in Josies narration where she expresses personal thoughts of John and as the reader we can see how these reflections change John Barton rang me on Monday night I didnt experience the same rush of excitement I would have felt a few months ago The use of language is another technique
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