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To understand changing perspectives we must first look at change itself.

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To understand changing perspectives we must first look at change itself. Not all change is progress, whether it be large or small. People change over time, it maybe age, experience, understanding or maturity that causes this change. As people change so does their perspective, of others, of life or themselves. This is expressed through my chosen texts, Looking For Alibrandi, Bend it like Beckham and Sky high. Bend it like Beckham follows the story of Jess Barah who lives in a traditional Indian family whose dream is to play soccer professionally, except Jess's ambitions are supressed by her parents expectations of her living a traditional Indian life. As the film develops we learn Jess's father's past reflects his attitude - that is, due to their ethnic background, Jess will be an outcast. Just as Nonna Alibrandis's past influences her attitudes. It is only at the end of Bend it like Beckham that Jess's father changes and allows her to play soccer. ...read more.

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Maturity means that she can't be free as she once was as she comments "The earth spins below me. I am flying. This is similar to Jess in the film as she was once young and free to do as she pleased, but no she is tied down by her parents. In Sky High the first 5 paragraphs talk about the childhood, then it suddenly jumps to the 6th where she talks of how she is older and has changed. This sudden jump shows the extreame change that although would have happened slowly over time, the realisation of the change was sudden. The 5 paragraphs build up this image in the readers mind, then in the last paragraph our perspective changes from a fairy tale like conquest of the clothes line to the harsh reality of the situation. In Bend it like Beckham, we are given the picture of the traditional Indian lifestyle and ideals in Jess's house. ...read more.

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As the reader experiences change through Josie, they are able to relate to her. Another technique that Looking For Alibrandi uses is that we aren't told of Nonna's past until late in the book. We are give Josie's perspective, that her Nonna is just a ' vain old women '. This perspective is built up and then when Josie discovers her past we are suddenly exposed to a new perspective and new understanding. Sky High has developed my understanding of change as it has shown how change can occur very suddenly. It has supplemented with Looking for Alibrandi in that time and experience lead to change. Sky High shows a negative type of change, as this girl is no longer able to let go and this has reinforced my understanding that not all change is progress. Examining Looking for Alibrandi in this context has changed my perspective of the characters. It has shown me how change occurs through understanding, and understanding means we have knowledge, therefore the power or choice to change. Every one has the ability to change. ...read more.

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