The book ‘Tomorrow When the War Began’, written by John Marsden, is about seven young teenagers heading out of town, only to return to what they used to call home and find, ‘World War III ‘. The characters of Ellie and Fiona, also known as Fi, will be specifically analysed in this essay. The first character that will be analysed is Ellie. Ellie possess the main role in the book, narrating the story, being the voice.
The story is told through her eyes and her point of view. Ellie comes from a cattle and sheep farm, inferring that she likes to get out and about instead of sitting in front of television all day. She also describes herself quite often as stocky (“‘We’ll never get through that,’ Fi muttered. As she was the size of a rabbit and I’m the size of a Shetland, it was obvious who she meant by ‘we’.” Tomorrow, When the War Began, Chapter 20) and plain looking. She is very hard-working, who loves her life at the farm. She is loyal to her friends and loves her pet dogs. She shows this affection when her dog is dying and she doesn’t want to part with her. Ellie has troubles when she faces tricky dilemmas, stating life or death. For example, Ellie killed three soldiers, by blowing up a lawnmower, saving hers, Kevin’s and Corries lives. All of Ellie’s friends stick with her and does what she says because she always has a plan to work through.
The next character that will be analysed is Fiona. Fi is a naïve, innocent and beautiful young lady that eats healthy and had never heard of two-minute noodles before. (‘”What are two-minute noodles?” Fi asked. Lee and I looked at each other and grinned. “It’s an awesome feeling,” Lee said, “to realise you’re about to change someone’s life forever.” “Haven’t you ever had two-minute noodles?” I asked Fi. “No. My parents are really into health foods.” I’d never met anyone who hadn’t had two-minute noodles before. Sometimes Fi seemed like an exotic butterfly.’ Tomorrow, When the War Began, Chapter 3) Unlike the majority of the group, Fi lives in a big house in Wirrawee, so it’s easy to imagine that her house is very flash and ‘rich’ looking. She isn’t very experienced when it comes to things like camping trips. You are more likely to see Fi doing ballet, flower arrangements and serving tea than doing practical things (“Unlike us rurals she lived in town and spent more time playing piano than drenching sheep or marking lambs.” Tomorrow, When the War Began, Chapter 1).
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