Tomorrow when the war began is an adventure/thriller story about a small group of teenagers who go on a four day camping trip, after returning from camp their families and the whole entire community had gone missing and their pets are dead. The teenagers had been given a sign that the country had been invaded while they were camping by a small foreign north Asia country.
When they returned home they found the whole town of Warrawee are held in a large prisoner camp at the Warrawee showgrounds. The foreign country wants to take over Australia because of the wide space. Australia has something that the invaders don’t have. They also invade Australia to reduce imbalances within the region.
The main characters, Ellie (the narrator) and Corrie are the organisers of the camp who invite friends from their childhood; Homer, Corrie, Robyn, Lee, and Kevin, with Chris appearing much later in the story. Ellie is the main character she’s very strong and powerful, she also takes responsibility for her friends and leads them through the journey. They come together as team to stop the forces and find food and shelter to survive. The seven teenagers work together to regain Australia’s freedom, by facing their deepest fears and putting their lives on the line to save their families.
Paragraph 1: discussion of first theme
“At that moment only bullet a bullet have separated me from those two people. Suddenly they ‘be become my family” pg85.
In tomorrow when the war began the theme of relationship becomes a really big part for the teenagers, it is shown in two main ways friendship and family. Friendship is the main part of survival, it is created by the situation they find themselves in. Without friendship none of the seven teenagers would have had the courage, strength and determination to do what they had to do to survive. Every choice they made was because of their friends, they were the only people they had and could trust. They had to come together and find strength to do everything for each other. Example of this is when corrie gets shot. The teenagers knew that they were in danger but they still made the toughest decision and drove her to the hospital. “We’ve got to stick together, that’s all I know.”
Discussion of second theme.
In Tomorrow When The War Began survival becomes the most important part. During the war, the teenagers face a lot of challenges, as well as lessons learnt. Each day was a matter of life or death. Ellie and her friends learn to become independent, look after and provide for themselves. Their friendship changed from a mutual relationship to being able to sacrifice themselves for each other. The teenagers did anything for survival whether it’s harming or shooting the invaders. Robyn who is a religious and did not want anything involving violence shows a different side of her by killing 5 soldiers. This shows the strong friendship, empathy and braveness they were willing to for they peers to survive.
Discussion of third theme-change.
In tomorrow when the war began change is shown in a lot of characters on how they were before and after. The teenagers experience a lot of change. When each individual experiences threatening and environmental trauma caused by the war, the teenagers are forced to behave different.
In the beginning of the novel Ellie just turned 18 and she’s carefree and wants to have fun and experience things now that she’s older, but as the war starts she realises she need to behave different and maturely “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 even, not just a polite and obedient kid.”
This shows that Ellie is more mature than others and thinks differently, she’s never been in a situation like this, but she starts showing her potential by leading the others in the right path.
Another character that experiences a lot of change is homer, ” the day this started you have made good ideas , you have made us do things we wouldn’t do without you.”
At the beginning homer is a considered a class clown, he wants to make jokes and always starts trouble, he does not care about anyone’s opinion, but later in the text his attitude becomes entirely different. He becomes a positive guy who’s really strong and brave. He changes and becomes the leader of the group. An example is when he speaks to everyone about the situation and what tells his peers what needs to be done, “We’ve just got to become totally nocturnal and triple-check everyone…we should get more supplies in and make it a proper headquarters…organising rations…living off the land we’ve got to become a guerrilla outfit.” Homer uses his creativity and brings the idea of blowing the blow up a bridge in Warrawee to stop enemy movements.
In conclusion things were important in the text but the main theme that was very important is change. It’s a very dominant theme in tomorrow when the war began because it is shown in action through Ellie, homer and warrawee. The teenagers were able to change their attitude due to the devastating situations their town warawee was put in by being invade by a foreign country. Change is also a very dominant theme because it’s something everyone goes through in their lives. The teenagers had the strength and resilience to co-operate with the invasion of their town and were able to put their lives on the line to save their town. We see how relationship and teamwork changes the way people treat each other. In the novel it talks about how hard it is to be in a war and not knowing where your next meal is going come from. Knowing that the next day is a matter of life or death, we see how friends sacrifice their lives to save others. We see the town of warawee has been invaded and how hard it is to be taken away from your family. This novel tomorrow when the war began teaches us that support, teamwork and courage can get us through the impossible.