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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 By the end of the book it is made obvious that Josephine has gone through many dramatic and important changes including achieving her emancipation discovering her family secret accepting her culture and meeting and having a relationship with her father Michael Andretti All of these changes and others help to shape the character of Josephine Alibrandi Throughout the year Josephine talks of wanting to achieve her emancipation Ill run one day Run for my life To be free and think for myself Not as an Australian and not as an Italian and not as an in-between Ill run to be emancipated pg40 Josie also wants to be free to make her own decisions and she doesnt want to care about what others are saying like she does now At the same time she realises that she cant escape everything If my society will let me pg40 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 She believes that it may stop her from achieving her emancipation Soon Josie realised that the only thing that was stopping her emancipation was herself Relief because I was finally beginning to feel free From whom Myself I think pg221 Josie realises that she is holding herself back from what she really wants but she isnt sure whether she wants to fight for it or not When John Barton died she came to a decision I remembered when we spoke about achieving our emancipation The horror is that he had to die to achieve his The beauty is that Im living to achieve mine pg240 Josie believes in fighting for her emancipation By
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