Tomorrow, When the War Began
By John Marsden
Ellie is considered as the leader of the group. She makes sure that everyone is organised and knows what to do. She is usually able to get the other members of her group to listen to her, because she can be bossy at times. "Fi, we've still got to get the food into these packs. And then carry them God knows how far." (Pg. 21) "Very sensible." (Pg. 13)
Because she is one of the organisers of the camping trip that she and her friends go on, she feels as if she has a lot of pressure on her to make it fun and exciting. She feels as though she has to act strong and not scared when they all come across several dangers. "I wanted to make calm, logical decisions." (Pg. 241)
Ellie likes to explore and know exactly what is going on at all times. She is very curious when she doesn't know the full story about something, and tries her hardest to figure it out.
Diary entry from Ellie's father, after the Wirrawee Show.
Commemoration Day night, 1993
We were enjoying the Wirrawee Show, showing my bulls and watching other families show their animals and participate in carnival rides, when I began to hear loud noises coming from above me, as dozens of planes surrounded the Showgrounds suddenly and unexpectedly. We all stopped what we were doing and turned our attention to the planes. We were all wondering what was going on, as no one knew that this was going to happen and I wasn't sure that it was planned. After about a minute of everyone talking and mumbling to the people around us, we were all pretty sure that these weren't Show planes that had just landed.
Then, people (who looked like soldiers) started to climb out of the planes. I noticed that they looked stern and not very nice. When they were walking towards us, people from the Show started yelling out things like, “Who are you?” and, “What’s going on?”. The soldiers were shouting orders to each other and all that I could make out were shouts like, “You take that group!” and, “Be quick! Hurry!”. That was when I realised that they were definitely not part of the Show. The soldiers then started grabbing people and tried to take them away. People like me, who have families, got their families together and started running. But, none of us reacted fast enough to escape. I guess we were all just too shocked and confused to move straight away. The soldiers had weapons. Guns, to be exact.
We are now being held captive at the Showgrounds with everyone else from the Show. I think this is some kind of international invasion. Hopefully our army can overcome these invaders. I hope Ellie is okay. She and her friends went off on a camping trip after the Christmas school holidays started. They should be back soon. They probably have no idea what's going on. Our family dogs are probably starving and thirsty, as I only gave them a small top-up of food before we left. Millie will probably look after her puppies. They'll be okay. But Ellie and her friends will be worried.
Ellie changed a bit throughout the novel, but not very much. She is still quite controlling and bossy, but she is more brave and adventurous. Ellie also has a lot more courage than she had at the start of the novel. "We've got to stick together, that's all I know." (Pg. 284)
Homer changed the most throughout the novel. At the start of the novel, he was immature and had a hobby of annoying and irritating people. He also liked playing pranks and jokes on people he didn't like. "Homer was wild, outrageous." (Pg. 16) "No one took Homer very seriously." (Pg. 43) Throughout the novel, he sort of grew up and became a leader and didn't find the same things funny that he used to. He figures out plans and goes through every single detail so that it is perfect, before he puts the plan into action. "We should decide if we're going to stay here in hiding... or if we should get out there and do something about it." (Pg. 284) "Making lists and drawing plans." (Pg. 284)
At the start of the novel, Kevin was selfish and only cared about himself surviving, but throughout the novel, he began to realise how he was acting, and slowly started to change. "Typical rural... known for having a big ego and taking credit for everything." (Pg. 14) At the end of the novel, he shows that he really does care about Corrie and his friends, and puts their lives before his when they are being attacked by the invading army. When Corrie gets hurt, he goes with her and turns them both in to the army, so that Corrie can get treatment and stay alive. He shows that he would do anything for her. "I knew Corrie was in good hands." (Pg. 282)
Corrie didn't change much throughout the novel. At the start of the novel, she was basically obsessed with Kevin and only cared about him and what he was doing. "More absorbed in each other than the scenery." (Pg. 22) At the end of the novel, she showed that she really does care about her best friend, Ellie, and gets involved with the fighting when her friends are being attacked, and tries to protect them. She takes a big risk by getting involved with the fighting, because she ends up getting hurt and has to turn herself in to the army, in order to get treatment and stay alive. "Corrie was my sister." (Pg. 281)
Fi starts off as a very posh town girl who is afraid of the bush and doesn't like getting dirty. "She's light and graceful... the perfect person." (Pg. 14) Throughout the novel, she becomes more brave and less cautious when she is outside and doing work. She gets very involved with the planning and fighting, and shows that she would do anything to save her friends. "(She) seemed delicate and timid, but she had a determination, there was a spirit to her." (Pg. 266)
At the start of the novel, Robyn is an innocent Christian girl who promised to never hold a weapon or kill anyone. She is very quiet and serious and doesn't like swearing or bad behaviour. "I always thought of Robyn as fairly quiet and serious." (Pg. 13) At the end of the novel, she has to kill people in order to save her friends, which makes her feel extremely guilty. "I'm not sure what's right or wrong in this whole setup." (Pg. 239) She ends up not being as innocent as she was at the start of the novel and gets very involved with the fighting. "Strong in her beliefs." (Pg. 284)
At the start of the novel, Lee is very quiet and basically keeps everything to himself. He doesn't socialise very much or have many friends, and doesn't really know the rest of the group, apart from Ellie. Throughout the novel, he gains confidence and is quite talkative, especially with Ellie. He gets involved with the planning of their guerilla attacks on the invading army and becomes very good and close friends with the rest of the group. "He was good at most things, but he could be annoying when things went against him." (Pg. 15) "He became outspoken, he started smiling and laughing." (Pg. 254)