Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden. Analytical Text Response Essay.
How does Ellie change over the course of the novel, and what are some of the things she learns about herself and the world in which she lives? “If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living. “Gail Sheehy (esteemed writer). In John Marsden’s bestselling novel Tomorrow When the War Began Ellie, Homer, Corrie, Kevin, Fiona, Lee, Robyn and Chris, innocent Australian teenagers are faced with an invasion. The teenagers have to adapt to a new lifestyle and they make many changes throughout the story. As their lives are changed dramatically by the invasion, the teenagers (isolated from everyone they know) find courage they never knew they had. Ellie as the main character in the book changes a lot from what she was like at the start. After initially getting very emotional and scared the group decides to fight for their country. Ellie and her friends become an active guerrilla group, causing nothing but trouble for the unwelcome visitors to their homelands. Ellie changes by gaining a lot of courage, becoming a leader in her group of friends and matures a lot. Ellie shows great feats of courage throughout the book and she even surprises herself with what she does. In one part of the book where Ellie is trying to spy on the enemy at the showgrounds she realises what true courage is. “To come out of the darkness now would be to show courage of a type that I’d never had to show before, never even known about.” As soon as Ellie stepped into the light and ran to the next tree she knew she had changed forever. She felt that she was no longer just an innocent teenager but a confident person who was a force to be reckoned with. After this event Ellie, Corrie and Kevin are spotted by enemy soldiers as they run away terrified they end up cornered in the...
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