Tomorrow When the War Began: over Coming Obstacles

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‘Tomorrow when the War began’, by John Marsden tells a story of a group of teenagers overcoming challenges and obstacles that have interfered with their normal life. By going through many unimaginable situations, they have learnt to conquer their fears and face some of the most frightening events that could happen to anyone. The writer uses various language techniques and realistic descriptions in the novel to help audiences to understand the main concept of the story

In the beginning of the novel, the seven main characters; Ellie, Homer, Lee, Robyn, Kevin, Corrie and Fiona, found their home country invaded and families imprisoned after their return from the camping trip. Although filled with shock and disbelief, their natural reflexes and instincts helped them to overcome the biggest obstacle, survival. They quickly adapted and undertook the task of getting used and being alert to their surroundings. The quote, ‘Trying to think calmly I said, “The only reason for calling would be if we can get help from our families…the other reason for calling is because we're all desperate to find out, but we may create danger for ourselves…I don't think we should call,” ’ (page 62~63) shows that even though they were in a fatal situation they were still able to think logically to ensure their safety.

When separated into smaller groups to discover more about their family's whereabouts, Ellie, Corrie and Kevin risked their lives to reach the Showground and faced a threat of getting captured by the invaders. The quotes, ‘So, at last we knew. A coldness crept through me and I can feel the goose bumps on my skin. This was the new reality of our lives. I got the shakes a bit, but there was no time for that. We had to go. We slid backwards through the grass and began to retrace our tracks from tree to tree.’ (page 84) explains though reaching the Showground created another problem for the three characters, they managed to not just 'act on the spot' and handled the...
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