Little events like not being allowed to sit in an air conditioned room that is only for guests and consistently criticising her clothing choices all add up to really put Josephine at odds with her culture, and her emotion finally tips over when she discovers the truth about Christina’s parentage and circumstance, revealing an entire lifetime of hypocrisy that fuels even more backlash at her Italian culture.However, the enormity of the illegitimate revelation is the one plot even within the narrative that starts to change things, finally giving the different generations of Alibrandi women the time and the opportunity to being to heal cultural divides and create new paths for themselves.At that time, he offered her an afternoon job as a photocopier and helping the secretaries and Josie agreed. This showed that he wants to be a part of Josie’s life and wanted to know her better.
Josephine is particularly rebellious and antagonistic towards the supposedly expected Italian way of life, frequently referenced in the text by multiple mentions of her Nonna stating things like “you break my heart” and “I deserve respect”.
Her actions are constantly reported to her grandmother by her elderly friends, and it feels very much like she cannot escape from the oppression of the Italian culture.
Josie found herself sitting in the principal’s office for hitting Carly Bishop with a textbook.
Miraculously, he came and he sorted out the problem. Subsequently, their relationship started building up. I thought you’d like to go out for a pizza or something.” page 125).
She faced quite a number of challenges in her final year.
In the beginning of the novel, Josephine’s attitude towards Nonna was very atrocious.Some of this complexity stems from the fact that Josephine finds herself amidst two cultures, Australian and Italian, both cultures that can be very demanding and expecting of young women.The character experiences some difficulty in navigating the realities and prejudices of these cultures, and the added pressures of private school and middle class life do not help with her mental well being.Force-fed like every afternoon of my life” page 34). Every afternoon Nonna kept mentioning about how untidy Josie is and just to return back the favor Josie would say “It’s the fashion” (page 34) just because that annoyed Nonna so much. That is the relationship that Nonna had with Marcus Sandford went further than Josie had been told. Nonna had said that Francesco treated her like one of his farm animals (Quote: “Your grandfather Francesco treated me like one of his farms animals”. She had learnt to be more accepting and tolerant towards Nonna although Nonna had made a wrong decision according to the Italian community’s perspective.Although Josie was suspicious and asked Nonna whether she was in love in with him, Nonna wouldn’t acknowledge it (Quote: “Were you in love with him? Nevertheless, Josie had changed and had begun to not care what other people think about her, her family and her illegitimacy.The character of Josephine in Melina Marchetta’s 1992 debut novel Looking For Alibrandiis an interesting young girl who is struggling with her identity.She is shown to be a complex person, extremely imaginative yet possessive a quick, fiery temper.Despite the fact that she disliked Nonna, she still has to come to her house every afternoon after school. In close proximity to the end of the novel Josie realizes that there was much more than love between Nonna and Marcus. After finding such a shocking truth, she was unquestionably furious at Nonna for treating her mother the way she did and all the time she had done worse (Quote: “You had the hide seventeen years ago to treat Mama the way you did when all the time you had done worse.” page 217).One of the reasons that she disliked coming to Nonna’s house was that she despised the idea of being force-fed every afternoon of her life (Quote: “I was force-fed when I arrived. At the end of the novel, Josephine began to understand Nonna’s feelings towards Marcus.This decision marks the first of the Alibrandi females to step in and take control of her own life.There is also a large presence and message within the book of the way that patriarchy and female oppression is so prevalent throughout Italian culture, and how this is slightly combatted by the more modern Australian culture that the young female characters experience simultaneously.