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Whose Life Is it

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I believe a journey indicates travel that offers opportunities for learning about: new things you haven't seen or experienced before, different cultural experiences and new perspectives and ideas. A journey can be physical, imaginative and an inner journey which involves experiences, exploration and learning about yourself. Dag Hammerski once wrote about an inner journey by saying "The longest journey of any person is the journey inward". Here I will discuss the text 'Looking for Alibrandi' by Marlina Marchetta. In particular the inner journeys of Josephine the main character and Michael her father. These are related to the Wind in the Willow by Kenneth Grahame and the Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. I will show you that more than anything else journeys are a chance to learn In the beginning, Josie has an unusual relationship with her grandmother Nonna Katia. ...read more.

Middle

Josie is at a fork in the road as in the poem Road Not Taken. By choosing to take the more difficult path it "has made all the difference". This is clearing shown when Josie says" all this information I've gathered from... one day I can tell my children so that... my granddaughter can understand me. It shows Josie's emotional journey and how she is maturing Josie and Nonna are not the only characters that had a journey in "Looking for Alibrandi". Josie's Father Michael also has an important journey. Michael is a successful barrister who is confused about his feelings and wants to learn more about Josie and where she might fit into his life. Michael's journey with Josie begins when he returns to Sydney for his cousin's wedding. ...read more.

Conclusion

The depths of his affection is also evident through the author's picture of Michael sitting leaning against Josie's bed comforting her with fatherly advise then leaning over to kiss her. The novel and Michael's journey comes to a climax when he asked Josie to take his name and allow him to adopt her making his commitment forever. It is clear that Josie's and Michael's journey provided them with opportunities to learn. Not only were they both changed by the knowledge and emotional maturity they gained from their experiences, it also showed how they wanted their journeys to continue. This proves to you more than anything journeys are a chance to learn and we should find courage to take for an advantage of them. ...read more.

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