SparkNotes: Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank

When Anne Frank is given a diary for her thirteenth birthday,she immediately fills it with the details of her life: descriptionsof her friends, boys who like her, and her classes at school. Annefinds comfort writing in her diary because she feels she has difficultyopening up to her friends and therefore has no true confidants.Anne also records her perceptions of herself. She does not thinkshe is pretty, but she is confident that her personality and othergood traits make up for it. Through her writing, Anne comes acrossas playful and comical but with a serious side.

Annes diary entries show from the outset that she iscontent and optimistic despite the threats and danger that her familyfaces. The tone and substance of her writing change considerablywhile she is in hiding. Anne is remarkably forthright and perceptiveat the beginning of the diary, but as she leaves her normal childhoodbehind and enters the dire and unusual circumstances of the Holocaust,she becomes more introspective and thoughtful.

During her first year in the annex, Anne struggles withthe adults, who constantly criticize her behavior and consider herexasperating. Anne feels extremely lonely and in need of kindnessand affection, which she feels her mother is incapable of providing.She also wrestles with her inner self and considers what type ofperson she wants to become as she enters womanhood. Anne tries tounderstand her identity in the microcosm of the annex and attemptsto understand the workings of the cruel world outside. As she matures, Annecomes to long not for female companionship, but intimacy with amale counterpart. She becomes infatuated with Peter, the van Daansteenage son, and comes to consider him a close friend, confidant,and eventually an object of romantic desire.

In her final diary entries, Anne is particularly lucidabout the changes she has undergone, her ambitions, and how herexperience is changing her. She has a clear perspective of how shehas matured during their time in the annex, from an insolent andobstinate girl to a more emotionally independent young woman. Annebegins to think about her place in society as a woman, and her plansfor overcoming the obstacles that have defeated the ambitions ofwomen from previous generations, such as her mother. Anne continuesto struggle with how she can be a good person when there are somany obstacles in her world. She writes eloquently about her confusion overher identify, raising the question of whether she will consider herselfDutch, as she hears that the Dutch have become anti-Semitic. Annethinks philosophically about the nature of war and humanity andabout her role as a young Jewish girl in a challenging world. Fromher diary, it is clear that she had the potential to become an engaging,challenging, and sophisticated writer.

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