Essays on Children's Literature:development In Australia Essay

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Children’s Literature: Development in AustraliaIntroduction Literature has always shown man’s true self. Children literature has always been a source of learning, at times they teach people a certain lesson. In this essay by means of three novels the fact that we are defined by our relationships with other people: they challenge and change us and so make us what we are shall be analyzed. In order to analyze the above mentioned statement three novels Saving Francesca, Walking Naked and Just crazy shall be used. Each of these novels depicts the statement. Analysis Saving Francesca"Saving Francesca", is written by Melina Marchetta.

Francesca Spinnelli, is the main character in the novel, this novel is an excellent example of how relationships with other people challenge and change us and so make us what we are. All through her 1st year at St. Sebastian, which was a school for only girls, Francesca tackles many problems regarding her relationship to her family. Throughout she is making and losing friends, as well as searching for her own identity. By confronting complicated situations and learning to have faith in herself, Francesca completely changes herself in a year.

The entire novel is based on this year. The fact that Francesca completely changes her self in a year can be explained by The theory of planned behaviour (Azjen, p179) as this is what she thinks is required to do, thus her behaviour is planned. Before we go ahead a clear understanding of the model is important, this model is a based on how particular factors will lead to a planned behaviour. An example of this might be the behaviour of going to university.

This may begin with the subjective norm of 'my parents want me to get a good job, and so do I'. This would then lead to the attitude 'going to University will be a positive experience; I will meet new friends and learn to be independent'. The perceived behavioural control might lead to weighing up any negatives; 'I might get into debt' with the positives 'I will make new friends'. The behavioural intention 'I will go to University' leads to the person going to University. However, this theory assumes that our behaviour is rational and that our actions are reasoned and predictable. ..Mia’ mother is the one that pushes her to be so dynamic and take part in every thing but she goes in depressing and Francesca is left alone so ultimately he turned to a planed set of rational behaviuors as explained in the above mentioned theory Throughout the novel we find many incidents of such behaviour like when Francesca and her brother are sent to live with different relatives.

Francesca is sent to her Nonna’s, who is delighted to have her.

“Stealing one of Mia’s children away from her is like a dream come true” (Marchetta 55). But after two weeks Francesca realizes that this arrangement will only weaken her family and she needs to find a way home. Even when Friends and Francesca’s relationships with them also go through many changes in this story we find her going to rational behaviour when she befriends people she hated when she joined school. Though flashbacks we learn that at St. Stella’s, Francesca’s school until her 11th year, was a much more homogenous environment than St.


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