Title : The Diary of a Young Girl
Author: Anne Frank
* Annelies "Anne" Marie Frank (12 June 1929 – early March 1945) was one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her diary has been the basis for several plays and films. Born in the city of Frankfurt am Main in Weimar Germany, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. Born a German national, Frank lost her citizenship in 1941 when Nazi Germany passed the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws. She gained international fame posthumously after her diary was published. It documents her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.
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She was also a moody, sensitive young woman who could, by her own admission, occasionally be mean to those around her, though she struggled not to be.
* (Otto Frank) Anne sees her father, Otto Frank, as a kindred spirit. Like Anne, Otto is a perpetual student, inhaling books, history, and news, and he encourages these interests in Anne. Also like Anne, he is a clown, frequently trying to amuse those around him and lighten up the mood of the Annex. Unlike young Anne, Otto seems to be basically even-tempered and eager for peace in every situation. In the claustrophobic and tense living situation, Otto often served as the peacekeeper between the Franks, van Daans, and Dussel.
* Margot Frank, Anne’s older sister, is sixteen at the start of the story and eighteen at the end. At least through Anne’s eyes, Margot is smarter, quieter, prettier, and more grown-up than Anne. The two sisters don’t often get along, are not close friends, and don’t confide in each other much. Margot doesn’t get much attention in Anne’s diary, but we do know from a letter that Margot sends Anne that Margot wishes she had a friend to confide in. She envies Anne’s relationship with Peter, but only the idea of having such a friendship, not actually the boy himself. Margot shows that she is mature and caring by encouraging Anne’s relationship with Peter, and by not being bitter with Anne for having a close friend. Whenever we get glimpses of Margot’s personality, we can’t help but think that she’s probably underappreciated by Anne.
* (Edith Frank) Anne accuses her mother, Edith Frank, of being cold and tactless. Although it’s clear to the reader that Anne’s mother is hurt by her daughter’s rebuffs,
* (Peter Van Daan), Peter’s actual historical name was Peter van Pels. Through Anne’s eyes at the beginning of her diary, Peter is lazy and has a weak character. He’s also shy and extremely awkward, hardly a person worth her notice. But a year and a half after they’ve been in hiding, Anne suddenly starts to notice that Peter looks at her with longing. Soon she has a crush on him, and decides that he is very sweet and desperately in need of affection, which she tries to give. But Anne is soon disappointed with Peter. He doesn’t like religion and he is too lazy and weak to improve himself. He seems satisfied with mediocrity and takes the easy path in life rather than one of work and personal growth. Further, he either isn’t as deep as she wanted him to be or he doesn’t know how to open himself up to her. He promises Anne he will never fight with her, because neither one of them wants things to get uncomfortable if they fight and then have to continue living together. He doesn’t fight with her, but it is never clear if that’s because he’s keeping his promise or he just doesn’t have any fight in him. It is not that he is a peacemaker – rather, he is a passive person.
* Mrs. Van Daan’s actual historical name is Auguste van Pels. Mrs. van Daan is one person that Anne...