Change. It's a rather daunting concept to behold by most individuals in today's day and age, as it represents unfamiliarity. Change is what many may not be able to be prepared for, not so much because of the transformation itself, but because of the consequences of said transformation. Melina Marchaetta's 'Looking for Alibrandi', Michael Jackson's 'Man in the Mirror', and the prescribed visual all detail not only change, but the effects and repercussions. Within Looking for Alibrandi, a mental journey of both growth in maturity and growth in the understanding of the social constructs of Josephine's world are explored, through a story told in retrospect. As the story begins, we see a young Josephine Alibrandi who lives life without a care for true struggle within the world, but with the introduction of various characters and plot devices throughout the story that challenge her outlook upon her life, we see an alteration in the protagonist's thoughts and moral values. Dialogue is used primarily throughout the book in highly emotional or pivotal moments throughout the narrative, allowing the character's conflicting interests to be expressed without necessarily having to follow Josephine's sole perspective. These said moments are what truly define the individuality and growth developing within not only Josie, but other characters within the book who have been affected by her actions and her presence. A prime example of this would be her relationships with Jacob Coote and John Barton, who both have an impact upon her life. Her deeply emotional talks with both Jacob and John cause her to re-evaluate what she desires in her life, and are deeply rooted within her desires to grow and strike out as an individual. John's suicide, in particular, shakes Josephine to her core, causing to her re-assess everything that she is. Melina Marchetta ensures that readers will take note of the abrupt shock within Josie and the plot itself, as it triggers more events to occur within the rest of the latter half of the book. "If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change." These lyrics from Michael Jackson's 'Man In the Mirror' appear repeatedly throughout his song , as…
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Michael Jackson also known as Prince was named to honor his mother, whom he adored. As a child Michael loved music. He always had a passion for creating songs of his own. Jackson was said to be gay, but it was not true. His voice was a major factor in this act of launching his way up to stardom. For example people often would say his voice would vary from a girlish voice to a more masculine voice, it mattered how he was feeling. As the eighth son, Michael was also "a cloud headed child who loved…
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Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, and dancer. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo…
not have been able to make this difficult decision if he didn’t have his father’s morals infused in him from a young age. This is when he begins to understand who he is and where he belongs.
Similarly , the novel ‘Looking for Alibrandi’ by Melina Marchetta also exemplifies the concept of leaving the nest, where the protagonist, Josephine Alibrandi, feels that her illegitimacy and her ethnicity were a burden and prevented her from belonging to a society that she yearns to belong to where “the world…
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Set Text: Looking for Alibrandi by Melena Marchetta
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way?” These lyrics to the beautiful song Human Nature, by Michael Jackson are so powerful. In the chorus of this song Michael Jackson is simply saying that when one wonders about the reasons behind the cruel actions of people the answer is simple: it is human nature. It is human nature to not always be kind and it is human nature to do exactly what it is that you want. This song, Human Nature directly relates to the life of Michael Jackson, specifically the parts of his life that relate to his trial…
Michael Jackson was born and grew up in a strict working family in Gary, Indiana, USA on August 29, 1958. Jackson showed an early interest in music as did most of his family. His mother sang frequently, his father Joseph Jackson played guitar in a small-time R&B band, his older brothers often sang and played with their father’s guitar. Soon the family singing group started, with Michael as the main puppet and four of his older brothers. “After all it seemed to be the simplest way to earn money to…
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Michael Joseph Jackson was born August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, to an African-American working-class family. His father, Joseph Jackson, had been a guitarist but had put aside his musical aspirations to provide for his family. Believing his sons had talent, he formed a musical group in the early 1960s. At first, the Jackson Family performers consisted of Michael's older brothers Tito, Jermaine, and Jackie. Michael joined his siblings when he was five, and became the group's lead…
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Michael Joseph Jackson born August 29, 1958, often referred to as MJ and The King of Pop,is an American musician and entertainer. The seventh child of the Jackson family, Michael Jackson debuted on the professional music scene at the age of ten as a member of the Jackson 5, and went on to become a pop icon as a solo artist. His successful career and controversial, enigmatic personal life have been a part of pop culture for almost four decades. Jackson has dominated pop…
Singer-songwriter Michael Jackson's award-winning career as the King of Pop transformed the face of pop music and popular culture. He released the best-selling album in history, Thriller, in 1982. He died unexpectedly in 2009.
Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, to an African-American working-class family. His father, Joseph Jackson, had been a guitarist but had put aside his musical aspirations to provide for his family as a crane operator…