Tomorrow When the War Began

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By reading we become better global citizens which open our eyes to key ideas

The novel “tomorrow when the war began” (1993) by John Marsden supports the idea ‘by reading we become better global citizens which opens our eyes to key ideas’. In this book we come across change, relationships, survival and nature. Change. Change is when people have things happen to their circumstances and are forced to think or believe differently. Change was important because it was a main theme in the novel as the young teenage characters were forced to cope with devastation of their lives and their environment caused by war. The theme of change is also important because it is something that affects us all at some time in our lives. We never know what the outcome will be for us. We see the theme of change in the character of homer. At the beginning of the novel we learn about homers behaviour at school. He was a immature, troubled youth who enjoyed being the class clown. Ellie says “He was wild and outrageous he didn’t care what he did or what anyone thought”. Homer always seemed to be in trouble. Halfway through the novel we start to see Homer changing into the leader of the group. Ellie says “it’s hard to think that this fast thinking guy was once hardly even trusted to hand out the books at school”. At the end of the novel we find homer being commander of the group coming up with brilliant plans and giving people orders. We also see the theme of change in the character of Ellie. At the beginning of the novel we learn about Ellies life as a country girl who is a ‘tomboy’. We see the first sign of change in Ellie’s personality when they are sneaking to the showgrounds where all Warrawee’s residents have been held as prisoners. Ellie doesn’t know if she will have the courage to go into the showgrounds but she does. She says “I felt then, and i still feel now that i was transformed by those four steps at that moment i stopped being an innocent rural teenager and started...
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