Tomorrow When the War Began

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Tomorrow When the War Began is a novel written by John Marsden and is a story about seven teenagers who go camping in a place called Hell (Taylor's Stitch) When they return they realise that their pets have died, their town has been invaded, their parents were prisoners and their lives were in danger. The seven friends stick together, fight for their lives and the lives of their loved ones and create a resistance group. This essay will talk about the lessons the characters of Ellie, Fi and their friends learn at the end of tomorrow when the war began. It will talk about their strengths and weaknesses throughout their journey of war.

The novel shows that Ellie's bravery is valuable because it demonstrates how much we can change when we or our loved ones are in danger. Ellie’s brave actions reveal that in situations of danger we too could discover strengths that we never knew we had and change into a stronger more heroic person for it. “I felt then and still feel now that I was transformed by those four steps…I was now a force to be reckoned with” (pg. 81- 82).Ellie says of her dramatic transformation from average schoolgirl to brave heroine. Ellie’s transformation at that moment of danger is a valuable lesson to us all that we too can become heroes and heroines in situations of danger, finding unknown strengths and bravery in order to save our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

The two characters that show the most courage in the novel are Ellie and Fiona. Ellie realised what true courage was when she had to take significant risks. Ellie didn’t know if she would have the courage to go into the show grounds. “I felt then, and still feel now, that I was transformed by those four steps. At that moment I stopped being an innocent rural teenager and started becoming someone else, a more complicated and capable person. A force to be reckoned with."(pg.81-82). Fiona compared to everyone was the most frightened teenager. Ellie was not comfortable...
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