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She feels caught in a claustrophobic trap between family lives obsessed with tradition, a trice disciplined Catholic school and trying to find herself and her position as a teenage girl. Throughout the novel Josses is constantly changing her views on people, and experiences her share of emotional upheaval as she comes to realize that a perfect world consists of more than Just gorgeous hairstyles, rich boyfriends and social privileges.
It is a common representation throughout the novel that Josses Librarian is a selfish and egotistical girl whose internal angst and whose conflict with others all stemmed from her expectations that others should conform to meet her deeds. This can be seen In her Interactions with her close family members Christina. Nana and Michael. She also selfish towards her friends John and Jacob.
Josses and her mothers relationship Is rocky, this Is shown when Josses attacks her mothers desires to go out on a date. Josses was constantly reminded of her mother’s failures and sacrifices she made while raising Josses as a single mother.
She felt suffocated by this love and rebelled against it believing if she was not allowed happiness and freedom, no one else should find that happiness either. A prime example of Joke’s selfishness towards her mother’s want and needs can be seen In chapter kneel.
Joke’s volatile relationship and lack of understanding towards her personal mother and any possible chance of her finding a new partner, is evident when Christina is invited on a date. Upon Josses hearing about the pending date, she shouts hurtful UN-retractable statements. Like when Christina tells Josses she Is going out on a date, straight away Josses comes out with ” I don’t care. She doesn’t listen to what the mum says. She argues about everything and doesn’t think. Josses verbally attacks Christina who after having enough of all the arguing snaps back “Don’t you speak In that bad language… If you have nothing nice to say, get out. ” Peg 98 Josses Immediately only thinks of herself and yells ” Oh. Great. She starts going out with men on a regular basis and she’s ready to kick me out” Christina is left confused, wondering what she had done to deserve this. She isn’t allowed to have a night off. Josses refuses to understand her position and yells, ” Screw your understanding. To top the argument off, she yells as her mother was about to leave, “l hope die during he night and you regret it for the rest of your life. ” The maturity Josses had been keen to demonstrate, quickly diminished and was replaced with childish desperation, suddenly grasping at not wanting to be left behind. Whether just for this date or the rest of her life. She did not give any thought for her mothers happiness only her own. Clearly Joules selfishness and lack of respect for her mother Is at It’s worst at this point in the book. Sole Allays aggression towards near Tanner, NAS no compassion Ana expects I always conform o her needs.
In chapter six, Joke’s second encounter with Michael Intranet, she feels as if he disgraced her and her mother. Josses discussed her emotions and they agreed to keep out of each other’s lives with Josses stating, “how dare you think that I want to be in your life! I don’t want you anywhere near us… ” Peg 69 and as he promised to do the same, they shook on it. Further along in the book, Josses had to rely on the relationship with her father to avoid a possible lawsuit and her father obliged at short notice and conditions. Michael Intranet showed up at the office, confused about the last time they both talked.
He played along with what she needed help sorting out, but when he asked her “What did she say to you? ” Peg 86 her response was “Nothing” After getting him to leave work and go to her school, after she had agreed to have nothing to do with him, then she doesn’t co operate. On top of Josses being very pleased to not have to explain the situation with her mother, she was also aware of her victory in the social playground at school. It wasn’t until she needed her dad for something that she was ready to be best buddies and pretend eke everything is k.
She expects that as a dad he should drop everything on any circumstances. Nana and Josses have an intense relationship, the culture, generation gap and family curse, igniting many arguments and differences between them. The tense connection between Katie and Josses is a result of Josses being unable to respect her grandmother. Her grandmother was following the stereotypical Italian civilization. This strain is obvious when Josses says “Maybe that’s what I dislike about Nana” referring to her grandmother following traditional Italian culture.
Whilst Josses and Nana were having conversation in chapter three Josses fired back mean comments and argued about everything. “Well, I guess that means you did a pretty hopeless Job as a mother… ” Peg 37 shows Josses doesn’t respect her elder’s. In a world where imposing a view that illegitimacy is appalling and outrageous, and as a consequence casing Katie, who has lived most of her life by society’s rules and sets of laws, feels humiliated of her unlawful grand daughter and consequently causes the relationship between Katie, and Josses to deteriorate.
In chapter 25 Josses found out that Nana slept with Marcus Sanford. When she found out, without trying to hear the other side of the situation and giving it any thought on how she was going to tell Nana, she said mirrored a liar. ” Whilst thinking to herself “l wanted to hit her in rage. ” Later during the one-way argument she had caused she thinks, “l was shouting and she was crying, but I was too shocked to care. ” Jose then gets really angry with out letting it settle in “l hate you… Not because of my life. But because of my mother’s. I’m never going to come and visit you again, unless Mama is here.
If you complain to her and she forces me to mom here, I’ll tell her everything. ” Peg 218 It wasn’t fair to choose sides without hearing the full story and why Nana did what she did. Joke’s using the newly found information to benefit herself and gives no thought to how Nana feels hiding this secret (“curse”) for so long. Joke’s relationship with John Barton and Jacob Cote are very important to her in Deterrent ways. Joule’s near Is torn Detente teem to D n. Seen Delves In tenet own ways, they appear to have it all Jacob Cote does whatever he wants, wears whatever he wants and appears to have no worries in the world.
She fails to see past her false perception of their lives to their real feelings. Early in the novel in chapter 5, when Josses Librarian agrees to get a lift from Jacob Cote. The only vehicle in sight is a panel van and she disapproves immediately saying. “A panel van? Oh no! I’m going home with the wrong guy! ” Josses is not Cinderella and should stop measuring every guy against prince charming. She is even more shocked when her lift turns out to be a motorbike. In chapter 10 Jacob Cote asked her out but the only way she would agree was if he meets her mum,
Jacob said, “l don’t meet mothers. ” Josses should have at least understood and been less Judgmental when Jacob rocked up to her front door in his movie clothes. When they were out of mum’s reach of hearing Josses say, muff occurrence! ” followed up with “How dare you? ” A little later on Josses ditched Jacob at the cinema without even giving him a chance to explain or letting him know. Joke’s expectations were too high and after storming out she thought, “A ten-minute date, I thought, as I walked home. I thought seriously of writing to The Guinness Book of Records. ” Peg 124.
She doesn’t care about others and of Jacobs circumstance of not having a mother. When she went to see a movie with John Barton and didn’t tell Jacob, he ended up seeing them both together and got very angry. She didn’t think of how it would have felt for him knowing she likes John. When Jacob Cote asked her if he went out with Iranian to the movies how would she feel, her response was “I’d be angry. ” Only thinking of herself and her own needs. The other important male relationship in Joke’s life was John Barton, who she dreamed of spending the rest of her life with.
John with his upper epsilon life in the spotlight, gorgeous looks, high profile, intelligent and could have anyone he wants. When he took his life Josses concentrated on how she felt betrayed and hurt blaming him for her loneliness. She Believed he had everything, including the world at his feet she could not see that he had serious problems. John felt the only way that he could feel free was to end his life. After Johns death, Josses shows that she still doesn’t completely understand that wealth and a high social class doesn’t make someone happy. How dare he kill himself when he’s never had any worries!
He’s not a hog… How could somebody with so much going for him do that? ” (IPPP). Michael explains that social class and wealth has nothing to do with being happy. Instead of being sad for him dying she said, “l hate him… He’s a bastard. ” Not thinking of why he did what he did or how people closer to him were feeling, or how was put under a great deal of stress and his parents were pressuring him to be the top of everything. Josses could not relate nor did she try to see that anyone in John’s position could possibly need anything, be scared of find life intimidating.
Josses only saw these as problems she faced. In conclusion the main theme in the novel is the search for Joke’s identity. Josses felt like she didn’t fit in at the beginning and that she wanted to escape her Australian- Italian Docudrama Seen also Tell Seen Llano’s unreason near Tamely, causing near to dislike them. Towards the end she is grateful and understands not everything happens her way and turns out the way she planed. She has got her life back on track and started opening up with relationships with her family.