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Wanting to be part of a group and wanting the guy you like so much to notice you really are very important to some people. Josie has been referred to as quite calm, she just seems so collected.
Her grandmother thinks Josie is disrespectful, and that she needs to make sure she is a well-behaved Catholic. Her mum absolutely adores Josie; Josie really means the world to her.
Christina often does fight with her daughter, but they still love each other to pieces. Sometimes he thinks she is too much trouble for him, his life was simpler without her. Jacob is very affectionate towards her.
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Michael is beginning to get along very well with Josie. They are like good friends. Some people think she is irresponsible, others think she is too responsible. If I was trying to explain what Josie is like to a friend I would say that she is sometimes too short tempered but at other times very passionate and caring. I do think sometimes she exaggerates her problems too much but at least she realises that. She stands up for what she believes in if a problem came around.
Her grandma is a real influence on Josie, because Christina listens to Katia and then Christina tells Josie. Because Josie admires her mum so much, she is a very big influence on her. Jacob has pressured Josie to do some sexual things, mischievous things. Josie found out that her dad was a barrister and now it is her life ambition.
At times she just does really unnecessary bitchy things. She is easily fused, very proud and very stubborn.
I think she would be a good friend, but Josie would be a difficult daughter. She is religious though, which is where her beliefs and opinions were born. My beliefs and thoughts derived from experience in what I see or think. I would hate to go through some of the family expectations she has. I also enjoy having a social life; I go out with my friends a lot.
It would be dreadful not being allowed to go out, especially if I lived by the city of Sydney. I went there all the time; I am so envious of the place she lives in but not the world she lives in.
Being with a boy like John Barton would feel like a constant competition to go well. I too, have high expectations of my academic results. Everyone suffers from peer pressure. She just needs to be more firm and more persistent with her refusal to do something wrong. Lots of young girls are pressured into having sex and many of them say no, just as Josie did. She did, however, truant school because her friends as well as her boyfriend persuaded her to.
She does make terms with Jacob, Christina and Michael. They meet on certain grounds, but Josie does argue a fair bit first. I would feel so violent towards Ivy; it annoys me so much when people think they are far better than all else. Instead of intelligent they would think they were extremely talented or drop dead gorgeous.
Some people from my old school were, but only the modest ones. Lenna October 30, at 7: What are your impressions of Josie? My impressions of Josie are she is a strong and a little bit rebellious. How does she feel herself? She feel that she is not a pretty or rich or have anything special. She has lot ofs problem. Her friends think her a good or ok friend. She is a little bit strange, intelligent, strong and complicated girl. She love and understand her mum. She understand what her mum had gone through when she was pregnant Josie.
She know that her grandmother loves her but she still be really rude to her grandmom. It is nothing wrong for her to has National pride but sometimes, it just too much. Josephine struggles with wide range of problem that many teenagers would face. She is really aware about her race as an Italian girl Australian. She does not have a good impression of being a Australian because they are the majorities of the blond wealthy kids at school. For example, she feels she cannot get closer relationship with John Barton the son of the parliament because he seems to be much superior to her.
Her mother was ignored by the families when her mother gave birth. Josephine feels she is rejected by her family. Except her mother and cousin Robert. Maria October 30, at 8: I do not think she emotionally accepting myself and her social status. Maria October 30, at 9: Generally she is quite an outcast according to the people in her school The reason is that they superficially judge on who she is.
Somebody like Poison Ivy simply look down on her with errogance. Her mother Christine, like many mother is feel about their children she loves her more than anything else. She is well accepted by her friends who find her as a good friend.
She is very mature and wittyprobably no one can beat her academically in her class. Josephine really respect her mother and have such a close relationship with her. You may find her quite rude and impolite from the beiginning of the story, yet she is only going through the process of adolescence, in these time we tend to easily be paranoid or emotional Even though how intelligent she is, she is no able to endure nubers of difficulties inher life for example, about her family.
November 1, at 3: Others see her as a stubborn kid, being rude to her Nona and Mama sometimes, disgrace from her family culture to imitating friends rules, schools and guys. Josephine is a modern girl living life, hardships among her family. I disliked her as imitating following to her friends. My reactions to the situations she faces, such as: But not going to far and should have to respect them in some ways. As I never get into trouble at school usually often but sometimes I just feeling so tired after a schooldays getting back home.
But she was rebellious and a little bit negative about everythings around her. When he came back, she had to fight a lot of emotions about the hatred and love towards him. Josie also had a fight with her mother a lot of times. In addiction, she had an enemy in school, Ivy, who always said bad thing to her. She had to face a lot of problems and she fight with her mother a lot. When her mother was right, I thinked that she should listened to what her mother said.
In school, she thinked that she was nothing even if she tried hard, she should thinked more positive, because her hardworking had made her the vice president. The actress Pia Miranda, who played Josephine, characterizes her role perfectly. She also demonstrated a good chemistry with John and Jacob during the film that allows the audience to perceive how strong a teen romance can be and the meaning of a genuine friendship.
They could convey the essence of those themes exactly how they are presented in the novel. The speech scene One of the most wonderful scenes perfectly portrayed on the screen is about the Have a Say Day where Josie is obligated by Sister Gregory to give a speech at Martin Place.
Thus, Josie just decided to use a speech she had used in a former debate. Those details are omitted in the movie. In the book his physical appearance matches with the actor that was chosen for that role; brown shoulder- length hair that is without any style.
Josie says in the novel that his green eyes give the impression they are laughing at you. Once you read that part from the book you can be amazed how a character from a novel comes to life so well.
However, those details are not the only ones that make this scene special. I have been having sex for years without using condoms. Instead, he decides to express his opinion about a political topic, freedom of speech.
He makes a comparison between two different cultures, one where people can still say what they think about the government and another where individuals are killed if they have the same intentions.
The language he uses is very colloquial and he offends politicians without any fear, even when those same politicians are in the audience. His speech has passion, power, meaning, and immediately gains the approval of the other teenagers that are in the event. His intervention is masterful as it was described in the book. Also, the camera angle for this scene is looking up at Jacob and it allows to see the power and control he has over the audience regardless if they are looking down on him.
This shot in the film increases the affect over the viewers. The first day at school scene. It is possible to better understand that even in the school where she feels like an alien, her friends are part of the marginalized groups too because they are not rich, Anglo-Saxon Australians or powerful Europeans as the rest of the students.
She also mentions other fathers never went on a holiday just so they would have to work harder and save money to pay for an expensive high school where only wealth and family influence is what is important. Another relevant aspect that this part of the movie summarizes from the novel is about how jealous Josie is of girls like Carly. She does not like her because she represents everything that she does not have, a father that treats her as a princess, and being popular and accepted by important and rich people.
The author, Melina Marchetta, recognizes how challenging it is to summarize chapters from a novel to be portrayed in just one or 6 a few scenes into a film, but the mission here was accomplished. Then, once the dance ended she asked her group of friends which one of them can take her home. Surprisingly, Jacob says he will do it.
She thinks they will go in a panel van that is parked but then Jacob leans on a motorcycle and looks at her with a funny face.
She does not want to ride on it because of her reputation and the fact she is wearing a dress. Jacob persuades her and finally she rides on the motorbike.
Also, he discovers that Josie is not rich and she is studying in that catholic school because of a scholarship. He tries to kiss her but Josie leans back and he feels embarrassed and tells her she is not his type.
At the end of this act, he asks her for a date regardless of him disliking the idea of asking her mother for permission first. This part of the movie reflects how deep of an analysis is needed since John Barton is an important character on both the novel and the film.
When Josie learned the tragic news about his death, she cannot understand how a person like John, who apparently had everything to live a happy life was hiding an enormous amount of clinical depression and sorrow.
Once in her room, she read it and she could feel how empty and alone John was feeling. It also represents that Josie is in the process to find her self-identity. Josie was just leaving the confessionary of the church with her friends when Carly, who is sitting on one of the seats of the chapel provokes her with a racist comment.
Josie replied back with an insult, but then Carly calls her a bastard which infuriates Josie. This leads to Josie using a thick history textbook to hit Carly in the nose and to make it bleed. Josie thinks she is lost this time but when Carly mentions she will need a lawyer to defend her, she reminds her father and calls him by phone.
It is so hilarious to see Josie walking triumphantly next to her father and asking him about his day while one of the stained glass windows in the stairwell of the school changes suddenly to show the figure of Michael as an angel who protects Josie. This part of the film marks the beginning of a growing relationship between Josephine and her father.
Conclusion of the Analysis of the adaptation. Having discussed some of the aspects of the film adaptation of the novel Looking for Alibrandi we can conclude the following: In the opening of the film Josie invites us to know her complicated world where she feels lost between two different cultures, the Italian and the Australian. She feels that she does not belong to any of them. She feels too Australian and young to be in an old fashioned Italian celebration.
Then, in the school she feels too Italian and poor to be accepted by the upper class where girls like Carly are treated as princesses and have an important male figure, like a father.
She goes through a very conflictive series of problems in both the film and the novel but every event allows us to understand her stubborn and compassionate spirit at the same time. We can see her evolution, her understanding of herself and the people that are a part of her world.
Each character of the movie teaches Josephine an important lesson and she learns to become a strong woman. These events provide her an identity that makes her proud of herself.
The novel and the film have some differences in the order that the events are structured. For instance, the death of John is presented quite earlier than it was written in the book. The name of Carly in the novel is Ivy and she is called Poison Ivy. Another character that was omitted from the film is Greg Sims who, in the novel, tries to hurt Josie but Jacob appears to rescue her.
This last modification helps reduce the extensive narrative that both the film and the novel already have. The last difference that I would like to mention is that in the novel Jacob breaks up with Josie because he feels he is not good enough for her and every moment they are together he feels an enormous pressure; in other words Jacob feels inferior to his girlfriend.