At first Josie hated her father Michael for what he did to her mother, but then ends up opening her heart to him and accepting him into the family. She also didn’t get along with her Nonna that well at the start, but after realizing what her Nonna went through when she was her age, Josie and her Nonna started to see eye to eye. The reason Josie didn’t get along with Katia (Nonna) that well was because of the way she treated Josie’s mother. If Christina (Josie’s mother) or Josie ever did or wanted to do something Katia will always say “people will talk” and that really annoyed both of them. Josie’s relationship with her mother is a love hate relationship, one minute they love each other to bits and the next they’ll be screaming and throwing stuff at each other.
This embarrassment is exemplified to the audience as Josie’s facial and body language show no interest in celebrating and she leaves halfway through to head off to Bondi Beach. This action along with Josie stating through a voiceover that “This might be where I come from, but do I really belong here?”, displays her non-acceptance of her culture as she attempts to uptake a typical Australian activity instead of a cultural celebration. Conversely, the final scene of the film displays another Tomato Day, the same time next year and we are shown an amazing character development of Josie. Through the long grieving process of her biological Dad reentering her life plus the discovery of Josies Grandfather not being the biological Father of her Mum, Josie learns to accept that family is one of the most important aspects of her life, and she states this by announcing to the audience “I’m Christina and Michael’s daughter and I’m Katia’s granddaughter. And we’re not cursed, we’re blessed.”
Many people live by a specific motto. It is their guide through life, and usually affects their life’s future direction. In The Glass Castle, By Jeannette Walls, the grandmother, Lily Walls’s motto of “push and pray” is the driving force that determines the direction of her future. She pushes and prays throughout the book, but can most prominently be seen when she ties to push back against her father, is working hard to publish her school newspaper, and spends all her effort to raise enough money to move to New York. Jeannette pushes and prays very hard to push back against her father’s detrimental behaviors, creating an extra drive for her to leave the house.
“No point in building a good house unless you put down the right foundation,” Jeannette Walls’ father used to say in regard to the “Glass Castle”, something he always desired to build. A house isn’t the only thing that needs the right foundation. You build a foundation for a good life, relationships and a successful future. In the memoir The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, she describes her rough life. Letting readers know where she came from and where she is now.
”-page 199. Despite Nonna Katia refusing the accusation, it is later revealed that she had sexual relations with Marcus Stanford while being married. This angers Josie because of the hypocrisy that her Nonna displayed towards her daughter for 17 years because she was involved in sexual relations before marriage when however Nonna Katia had done and hidden much worse. Towards the end of the novel Josie begins to gain sympathy for her Grandma’s side of the story when she learns that her Nonna was in a abusive marriage and seeked escape with the man she loved. Overall, Josie’s relationship with her Grandmother dramatically improved as she began to understand and learn about the problems her Nonna had to
It’s also her last year of high school and HSC year to add to everything else. Marchetta has created an individual representation in Josephine Alibrandi, finding her way, engaging the audience through the author’s construction of plot and teenage issues. Marchetta raises family and questions traditional ideas of what an ideal home life is. The book presents us many versions of family relationships; while are healthy (although still passionate that of Josie and Christina) the novel grasps fractured relationships.
In the 1992 novel Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta the plot charts the developing maturity of the protagonist Josie Alibrandi. Her personal growth and quest for freedom is shown through her relationships with Michael Andretti her father, John Barton her best friend and Nonna Katia her grandmother. As Josie states early in the novel “I’ll run one day. Run for my life. To be free and think for myself.
Michael begins the story as a lonely kid who needs a connection with someone or something. In the story Michael lost the two most important people in his life, therefore had to go live with his Aunt Esther who was content living alone. The story says, ‘’Oh, he was lonely. Even six months after their deaths, he still expected to see his parents…’’ This shows that Michael does not want to accept the fact that his parents are no longer a part of his life.
Paul Ryan once said, “Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.” Individuals must strive upon excellence based on the society they are placed in. Watching how others react can help one become the best they can be. Throughout The Glass Castle, Jeannette is exposed to society by her parents. Her parents, Rex and Rose Mary, see society in different means than how others perceive it.
In the memoir Elena Vanishing, by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle, she tells of her memories, pain, feelings, and fears regarding her long battle with an eating disorder. Over her experience, she loses many friends along the way, and even angers her family as well. What I found most remarkable about this story was that no matter what happened in her life whether she was avoiding treatment or wanting to give up, her family was behind her one hundred percent and encouraging her along the way, especially her mother. The memoir shows the rollercoaster ride of emotions with her mother. There were times when Elena said “ ‘I’m leaving’, I announce.
In the novel, Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Giff, the main character, Hollis, receives multiple gifts (tangible and intangible) that are crucial to the plot of the story. An example of a tangible gift in the story was the wooden figure given to Hollis by Josie. Another gift Hollis received was a family that was her own, the Regans. These changed Hollis’ life for the better and created heartwarming and exciting moments in the story. At the young age of twelve, Hollis Woods experienced a constant cycle of going from foster home to foster home.
Mine had just gotten a letter from his father for the upstate and Martin father means a lot to him. Volponi writes “ being locked up was something we shared together and I kissed his letter and put it in my pocket so I wouldn’t lose it”(pg 166-167). Once again Volponi uses characterization to show people making assumptions to Judge another person because they fear what they don’t understand. While Volponi led me to prove my thesis because Martin listening and taking the advice from his own father who he hasn’t seen in a long time was also incarcerated shows he’s genuine and understanding. Young adolescent boy who understands to stay under the radar and take advice from the older people been through it shows that Martin shouldn’t have been judged and the way he he was.
In the novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith takes the reader through the life of a girl named Francie Nolan, who was born in the early 1900’s. Francie was the first born child, and raised by her mother, Katie and her father, Johnny. Once Francie’s little brother, Neely is born, she struggles to gain the same attention and acceptance from her mother that she gives to him, and desires equal love. Although Katie plays as a minor character, she presents an important part in the novel, as her behaviors highlight the weaknesses and strengths in Francie, and illuminate the meaning of the work as a whole. While Francie grows up to learn and overcome many obstacles in her life, the relationship between her and her mother is a continuous internal and external battle that she cannot grow out of.
1.1 People Are Living There is about poor white citizens living in a Johannesburg boarding house in 1968. This time period enhances the effect of the economic downfall in South Africa during and after apartheid. The poverty gives way to an old, run down, un-kept and slightly low classed woman who is the landlady of the boarding accommodation. The area is believed to be a poor area which attracts low income earners and people with lower standards of living. The characters face tough times as people with no or little education, stuck in a small apartment with very little to do and a lack of direction as to where to go in their lives.
Family Family is a large part of The Color Purple. Alice walker says makes many points about various subjects, but her opinion on family is clear. Family is not defined by blood relation or marriage, or any traditional connection. This is very clear in The Color Purple, through the life of Celie and her journey as a person Celie is introduced as an abused child/mother of her Pa’s children.