At Christina's birthday party Josie realises that it was impossible for Francesco to be Christina's father, because he was away for the holidays.Josie then has an argument with Katia about this, and runs out of the house. It was like he was a myth I could always dream about. Her reality was living with a man who detested her for something her mother did." (pg218).
Throughout the year, Josephine talks of wanting to achieve her emancipation. Soon Josie realised that the only thing that was stopping her emancipation was herself. Josie realises that she is holding herself back from what she really wants, but she isn't sure whether she wants to fight for it or not. "I remembered when we spoke about achieving our emancipation. The beauty is that I'm living to achieve mine." (pg240). By the end of the year, Josie realises that she has already achieved her emancipation.
"Relief because I was finally beginning to feel free. "I just sat there thinking back over the year and I realised that I was emancipated long ago.
"...simply because like religion, culture is nailed into you, so deep you can't escape it. Josie knows that her culture is a part of her being, it plays a part as to her appearance, and how she looks at life.
As she spends more time learning and understanding her family, in particular Katia, she sees her culture not as a burden, but as a gift, something that sets her apart from everyone else.
She later finds out that he was an Australian policeman who helped Katia during the war.
Katia's sister Patrizia was very thankful towards him for his help, but Josie could tell that Katia thought of him as more than another pair of hands.
At the start of "Looking for Alibrandi", by Melina Marchetta we are introduced to a seventeen year old girl by the name of Josephine "Josie" Alibrandi, who is in her last year of high school. Not as an Australian and not as an Italian and not as an in-between. Josie also wants to be free to make her own decisions, and she doesn't want to care about what others are saying, like she does now. Licensed under GNU Free Documentation License" data-lightbox="media-gallery-1567816747"At the same time, she realises that she can't escape everything. Josie thinks that part of her emancipation is to be free of her Italian background, which is not possible, because it will always be a part of her.
All of these changes, and others, help to shape the character of Josephine Alibrandi. She believes that it may stop her from achieving her emancipation.
"I'm not quite sure why I hate Marcus Sandford and Nonna for what they did. After realising that she was no longer angry at Katia, Josie goes to talk to her, and appreciates that staying with Francesco, instead of going with Marcus, was only for Christina's benefit, not her own.
"Those years without Christina or you when you were a baby were my punishment." (pg226).