'Tomorrow when the war began' by John Marsden: Courage as a Central Message in the Text

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In the novel 'Tomorrow when the war began ', courage is the central message. The WordWeb dictionary defines courage as 'a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger of pain without showing fear '. This is exactly what John Marsden, the author, tried to make clear in the novel. The novel is about 7 teenagers that were forced to live in the bush because of the invaders that took over their country. Each of the characters came to a difficult time in the novel and to overcome that difficulty they needed courage. Two instances of showing courage were when they planned to blow up a bridge and when they had to save a friend by risking their own lives, but the main point is not to give up and have courage in yourself.

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In a war it is always going to be a hard time, a matter of fact probably the hardest time of your life. For the 7 teenagers it was just too easy to end their lives and hopefully have a happy afterlife, but instead they kept on fighting and giving it all they had. Every single day was another struggle for life, but they were determined to stay alive, to win the war that was forced upon them.

The author could have just simply decided to make the teenagers commit

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