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In Melina Marchettas novel Looking for Alibrandi the theme of identity is a process of discovery along a journey for most of the characters Although John Bartons journey is short by the end he knew what he wanted and he made sure that no one was hurt more than necessary when he achieved it Josephine Alibrandi discovers her identity after many developments in her life many of which include Jacob Coote John Barton and Katia Alibrandi Katia Alibrandi Josies grandmother nonna has experienced a lot in her time but still needs Josies help to let go of her past Jacob Coote went along with what everyone expected of him until he met Josie She helps him to reopen the door to his journey of identity Melina Marchetta has provided a text with the identity issues that many face and she has provided her readers with outcomes that prove to be perfect examples of the outcomes of discovery of identity John Barton does not know what he wants in life but he knows what he does not want He does not want to follow in his fathers footsteps to make promises I cant keepI dont want a lot of responsibilities in lifeI dont want to climb to the top pg 47 As John Barton continues to discover his identity he dislikes it more and more He convinces himself that he does not want to live anymore It is a fact that many teenagers face and Marchetta portrays it extremely well though John Barton When John First tells Josie that he does not want to live anymore she like many teenage friends did not fully understand At first I didnt understand watching those vacant eyes I realised he meant no other life pg 134 Many songs portray the feelings that John Barton fells an excellent example being the chorus of Simple Plans Welcome to my Life To be hurt To fell lost To be left
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