Ellie- Character Development
Ellie, from Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden, is a typical country girl who likes the rural way of life. She is the narrator in the book, which suggests she has a lot to say. She starts out as a stubborn, headstrong person who is very loyal to her friends and family. While she still has a determined and reliable character, Ellie’s character has further developed. She steps up to whatever is required of her in the dangerous situations she and the group find themselves in. During the novel, we see her character grow because of her situation and experiences. Ellie’s relationship with Lee reflects on how she has developed as a character. In the beginning of the novel, Lee is described by Ellie as a ‘serious guy, but I just thought he was interesting’. He is seen as nothing but a friend to her. After spending time in Hell with him, Ellie begins to see him as something more: ‘It’s like coming out of my dreams sometimes.’ Their friendship at the beginning of the novel had turned into a relationship by the end: ‘He’s so different to anyone I’ve ever known.’ No one, even Ellie, would have guessed that Lee and herself would have ended up as a couple: ‘I’d never have picked you and Lee as a likely couple.’ The theme of relationships has been portrayed through Ellie and Lee, as well as Homer and Fi. Throughout the invasion, Ellie learns to keep on a brave face in order to calm the other members of the group. Before the war, she would have been easily scared and could not have restrained her emotions: ‘It told me to panic, I panicked.’ She knows that many of her friends are concerned about their current situation and her showing her fear would cause unease. Ellie knows that ‘trying to think calmly’ will give the group the best result. ‘I tried to give her a confident grin’ and ‘I didn’t want to let them down’ show that Ellie cares deeply for her friends and that she will encourage them as much as she can. This aspect of her...
...The film TomorrowWhen the WarBegan is an accurate representation of John Marsden's novel.
Stuart Beattie’s movie, TomorrowWhen the WarBegan, is not an accurate representation of John Marsden’s novel. First of all, a movie is never exactly the same as the book, and this movie is no exception. The reasons for the inaccuracy are simple; making a movie that would follow the book word for word would take way too long to produce, write and shoot. Also, some factors and details in the book aren’t necessary to bring up or they are meaningless.
Some little details are questioned in the book but seem to be answered in the movie which can have a slight negative impact.
Beattie left out some momentous scenes that would have been beneficial to include; purely for entertainment.
Books can always give more detail and are generally more confronting. In a movie you rely on your eyes and ears and you can quite easily miss small parts but you can grasp the whole story in a book because the author makes sure to specify the details. Movies limit the amount of imagination you can apply. Admittedly the characters were well thought out as they somewhat fit the profile said character portrayed in the novel but some small factors were left out- Robyn wasn’t as ‘saintly’, Homer seemed more ‘rough as guts’ and Kevin seemed a little more arrogant. When it comes down...
...novel ‘TomorrowWhen The WarBegan’ is not only an adventure novel, where the characters fight to overcome many hurdles in life, but it is a novel that questions ethics and moral dilemmas. Whilst these teenagers are forced to cope with the harsh reality of war they find themselves in difficult situations causing them to react quickly in something they later question and often regret. These rural adolescents question their morality in causing pain and destruction with their actions in order to maintain their lifestyle, and the ethics to murder a person in a atrocious situation for the own peace of mind. Throughout the vicious war the timing of romantic involvement is questioned and the ethics of risking yourself then saving another is put to the test.
War is a brutal and challenging place where people are forced to cause grief and devastation to others in order to look after their lifestyle. During the book, the characters face the brutal war causing them to make quick decisions. The group was forced to take action with the ride on mower incident that caused an explosion and led to the possible death of the three enemy soldiers. Killing the soldiers meant that the group would be safe. Although the group felt “guilty and ashamed” to take action and injure or possibly kill others for their own safety, they knew they had to do it in order to survive. The group...
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In the book “TomorrowWhen the WarBegan” written by John Marsden, an important character who made a change was Homer. You could se him changing throughout the story in the beginning, middle and end. He became more mature, developed feelings for certain people, and also took lead of the group.
‘TomorrowWhen theWarBegan’ is a book about seven teenagers who go on a camping trip in the bush to a place called “Hell”. They go on this trip to get away from their busy lives in Wirrawee. Once they get back, they find their families have been taken, and their country invaded. The book tells the story of their survival.
In the book ‘TomorrowWhen the WarBegan’ an important character who changed was Homer. I think he was important because he changed the most out of the seven teenage characters. Homer is a big, dark Greek 17 year old who lives on the edge of Wirrawee. He goes to school with Ellie and the others. Homer is interesting because he changes a lot himself, but he also has a major affect on the group. At the beginning of the book no one really knows Homer and everyone thinks he is a brat. Ellie says Homer is ‘wild and outrageous’ and also ‘One of the biggest guys in school’. In the end of...
Tomorrowwhen the warbegan
by John Marsden
On the Author:
John Marsden, born 1950, Australian author. At age 28, after working several jobs, Marsden began a teaching course. Whilst working as a teacher, Marsden began writing for children, and in 1987 with a diary novel So Much to Tell You, about a girl who stops talking after being the victim of a disaster. After his debut, followed several similar stories, often written in letter or diary form, about troubled youth. Since then, he has written or edited over 40 books and has sold over 5 million books throughout the world.
Marsden portrays violence and evil without euphemisms. Best known, he has become the adventure series that begins with Tomorrow, When the WarBegan (1993), about a group of Australian teenagers who are forced to form a guerrilla group to survive since their country has been invaded by an alien power. The seven books in the suite raises questions as how to handle that life turns into a nightmare and how to maintain their humanity when forced to kill to survive. In a follow-up trilogy, which began with the While I Live (2003), portrayed Ellie, a young, future destinies.
In 2006, Marsden started an alternative school, Candlebark School in the Macedon...
...which open our eyes to key ideas
The novel “tomorrowwhen the warbegan” (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...
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Robyn is a religious girl with integrity. She died to save her friends near the end of the third book in the series.
Robyn Mathers was a girl who was very true to her religious beliefs and was moral and kind. She followed rules and was well behaved. She did not want to kill anybody in the war but after a while accepted that it was the only way to survive, showing her bravery. Near the end of the third book, (The Third Day, The Frost), Major Harvey catches his prisoners (Ellie, Robyn, Fiona, Lee, Kevin and Homer) trying to run away from his prison. He holds a gun to Robyn's head and tells the others to get down or he will shoot her. However, Robyn is holding a grenade under her shirt and blows herself and Major Harvey up to save her friends.
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...In John Marsden’s bestselling novel ‘Tomorrow, When the WarBegan’ the characters face a number of challenging tasks and situations that will change their lives forever. Some take on the role of leadership, all of them develop feelings and relationships for each other during the invasion of their country and they all change from the sad and deadly experiences.
A number of characters have to assume leadership roles in order for the group to survive. Prior to the invasion Homer had a terrible reputation and was not regarded as a leader. Ellie’s first impression of Homer is that he is a wild, outrageous and carefree teenager; she observes “He didn’t care about what anyone thought. He always seemed to be in trouble.”(p.15)Homer surprises his friends when he shows common-sense, intelligence and a newfound maturity. For example near the end of the book he listens to Ellie’s plan about blowing up the bridge to stop the invaders from searching the area. He then takes command of the plan and successfully blows up the bridge. Also at the end of the book Ellie argues that “If they ever did get back to school she’d nominate him for School Captain.”(p.267) Therefore this show’s that Homer changes a lot throughout the book.
Robyn is another one who takes on the role of leadership by risking her life to save Lee. I bet she had the hardest time coming to comprehend with this because she comes from a...
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The characters in the book TomorrowWhen the WarBegan by John Marsden have to change and adapt to their situation they are in. Marsden is showing us that many people don’t reach their full potential and can be limited by the society they live in. This essay will be exploring the change in the characters and having to adapt to their extreme situation. There are eight teenagers Robyn, Lee, Ellie, Homer, Fiona, Corrie, Chris and Kevin that all have to face the fact that they have been invaded and need to find a way to save their family, friends and country. The characters will need to be able to think straight and be prepared with what they are faced with. Throughout the essay I will be discussing how the characters change and will need to risk their lives for each other. It will make everyone’s relationships come closer and change the way they act. This essay will be explaining the leadership that the characters show throughout the book, the courage that the characters show and how their friendships change. My essay will explore and explain how they react to the invasion and what changes.
An important thing in the book is that the characters have to be courageous and show courage when faced with a scenario. This is a big thing because it presents many opportunities where the characters...