Tomorrow When the War Began

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Homer is an important character in the novel Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden because he is one of Ellie's most trusted friends. Due to the challenges and trauma the war has put him through and a special connection with a girl named Fi, Homer has had the greatest character development. From being an immature, quick-witted boy to a man with strength and sensitivity. Even though readers cannot relate, we can still empathize and admire Homer's actions.

At the beginning of the novel, Ellie describes Homer as “wild” and “outrageous”. She says “He didn't care what anyone thought”, which was true. Homer spent all of his free time playing tricks on teachers and provoking girls, never bothering to do anything productive as proven when reading “'What goes down, must come up,' Homer said, making it clear how much attention he'd been paying in science over the years.” His actions were always reckless, yet daring, immature, yet humorous.

Once the war begins, readers can see a dramatic change in Homer. He tries to hold onto his childish ways, but that side of him starts to slip away. “'You're an idiot, Homer,' kevin grumbled. 'You never take anything seriously.' But I remembered Homer's hand on mine....And I remembered what he'd said to comfort me. I smiled and winked at him. I knew what he was trying to do.” Homer's change began once the group left their campsite to their houses. Throughout the visits came the realization as to how serious everything really was. Homer only spoke when necessary, when he had something useful to say, “'Everyone calm down,' Homer interrupted. 'Stay calm, or we'll get nowhere. Come on Fi...'” Or when it had to be said. “Then Homer made an unpopular suggestion.' I think we should split up.'” But this was just the beginning of his character development.

It was when things started to improve at their base camp in hell that Homer really started to, as well. With things steadier, relationships grew stronger, or just simply...
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