Tomorrow When the War Began- John Marsden

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Tomorrow when the war began- John Marsden
Novel essay.
“Tomorrow When The War Began” by John Marsden, is a novel of survival, friendship, love and war. He uses many language techniques (e.g. simile, metaphor, personification, oxymoron, irony, symbol, allusion etc.) to get across to the reader the importance of each of the themes discussed. He also uses these techniques to set the mood in each chapter and to help emphasise each major point in the novel. “We’ve learnt a lot and had to figure out what’s important- what matters, what really matters.”- Ellie

Survival in “Tomorrow When The War Began” is a very important issue. The whole novel is about Ellie and friends learning to become independent and to fend for themselves in a world
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“That was the first moment at which I started to realise what true courage was. Up until then, everything had been unreal, like a night-stalking game at a school camp. 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. I has to search my own mind and body to find if there was a new part of me somewhere. I felt there was a spirit in me that could do this thing, but it was a spirit I hadn’t known about. If I could only find it I could connect with it and then maybe, just maybe, I could start to defrost the fear that had frozen my body. Maybe I could do this dangerous and terrible thing.” This quote represents all the characters in the book, and what is expected of them to do in the novel to overcome fears and troubles on there own, as well as together.

Love and War in this novel overlap each other in a way that makes the war seem easier to deal with but love a lot harder to win with someone. There is the saying ‘All’s far in love and war’ but when the love issues are between friends, and the war is between opposing countries, the teenagers become confused in what they really must do to keep out of trouble and fighting with there friends. Whilst trying to defend themselves against the soldiers, they also try to keep some kind of normality between themselves by allowing themselves to fall in love with each other. One example would be when Ellie finds

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