Changing Perspective Paper

Changing Perspective Paper - Change is an ongoing process...

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Change is an ongoing process that involves the alternation of one state to another. However, the way individuals respond to that change is largely determined by their perspective, of how they see and understand things as well as their underlining psychological, social and ideological constructions. The process of change may be spontaneous and it involves pre-change, catalyst and outcomes. In studying “Looking for Alibrandi” by Melina Marchetta, this concept of change is shaped in terms of the central character Josie’s experience and lessons. Not only that, this universal theme is also observable in texts as diverse as “The Door” by Miroslav Holub, “American History X” by David McKenna, “My father began as a god” by Ian Mundie and “Student finds enlightenment in an embrace with her heritage”, an article out of the SMH written by Cynthia Banham. Collectively, various composers utilise a range of textual forms as well as stylistic techniques to convey the notions of change. Initially, the protagonist Josie of “LFA” takes a melancholic stance towards her position in the society. Her psychology is affected by her insecurity and confusion towards her cultural identity. “As far as the Italians were concerned, we weren’t completely one of them…We weren’t completely Australians.” The use of “we” brings the reader closer to Josie by speaking as if the responder belongs to her own social context, thus achieving empathy. Josie’s perceptions and ideology is shaped by her social background “At St Martha’s…brains didn’t count as much, money prestige and what your father did for a living counted…it makes me feel that I will never be part of their society.” First person narration is used in compliance with the confession style direct speech which effectively creates empathy as Josie never lies about her inner feelings. Being illegitimate and belonging to a lower-middle class, Josie’s ideology is strongly affected by the microcosm of a rich school society. Her envious tone conveys her self-discriminative feelings “Being stuck at a school dominated by rich people, rich parents…Anglo Saxon Australians who I cant see as having a problem in the world.” As can be seen, Josie’s initial confused perspective is effectively shaped by her psychological, social and ideological constructions. Progressing from the pre-change phase, Josie faces many catalysts initiated by herself and external influences. Her first encounter involves the entrance of Michael Andretti, her long lost father into her life. However, being neglected for seventeen years, she holds a mutually furious and confused attitude towards his presence. Her impulsive and angry tone demonstrates this:” How dare you think that I want to be in your life!” This however, contrasts to a later event where she utilises the external catalyst and initiates it as her own after she seeks Michael’s assistance with the Carly Bishop conflict. When Michael
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2010 for the course PSY 210 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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