Essay about Anna Frank

Submitted By elizafury
Words: 1181
Pages: 5

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The girl without a future.

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The girl without a future.

A coming of age story. A Holocaust victim to world icon. Eliza Fury reports

A young girl, Anneliese Marie Frank was born on June 12th, in 1929. On her thirteenth birthday, Anneliese receives a diary. It is a time of much political strife in her new home country of Netherlands. She is a German-born Jew in hiding from the Nazi regime. She tells us her heartfelt story over a two year period. The reader discovers the life of a young girl in tragic circumstances through her daily writings in her private diaries. Anne will eventually fill her diary with over 2 years of experiences of the Secret Annex. Initially, she makes use of her newfound outlet and exhibits her growing interest and talent to become a writer. The diary, for Anne, acts as her personal confidante before her family goes into hiding, and becomes even more valued to her during their ordeal.

The audience, as it were, is fascinated by the prospect of experiencing and learning about the life and times of a young Jewish girl hiding during the tumultuous times of Nazi occupation. In the beginning you first do not feel there is foreboding circumstances ahead, although in context we understand the inevitable end, we suspend our disbelief. We hope that her dreams for a future will one day be realized. She was a socially inclined girl when she was at school and to make up for the loss of peer companionship and friendships she adapts to life in the Annex through a diary. She creats an astounding account of what she was experiencing. For Anne, not only was her diary her personal outlet, but a prism by which she could reflect on herself through her many colorful identities. Anna shows a true portray of how powerful a voice can reach out to millions in the future. She would never know how powerful and how far reaching her words really were.

In the beginning part of her diary, we meet Anne before her ordeal. The picture we get is of a typical thirteen-year-old: precocious in some ways (her analysis of her friendships is startlingly adult), childish in others (her giggly behavior about boys). If she had been allowed to continue living outside and continue going to school, interacting with others, or if the war had not targeted Jews, she would have had a typical life. However, as we will see, the change of location will change Anne and her future forever.
A critical point of Anne Frank's diary is it is written during the years of her adolescence. She struggled with many typical teenage problems, yearning for her own space away from adult meddling, burgeoning sexuality, and the quest for her own identity. In an enclosed space with little privacy, Anne continually questions herself and Anne spends most of the diary trying to figure out what kind of person she is. She berates herself for her selfishness, agonizes over the fate of her friends, and tries and tries to be "good" in the way her parents would like her to be. Towards the end of the diary, she comes to the crucial conclusion that though she may not be the way others would like her to be, she is her own person and she respects herself. These discoveries make Anna Frank’s Diary in the tradition of some of the great coming-of-age novels like My brilliant career . Exploring self and discovering your own sense of strength and intelligence.
Repeatedly, Anne asks herself questions about the type of person she is: How should I feel about those on the outside. Who are suffering? Am I virtuous? Am I too selfish and childish? What does it mean that ==0Germans despise me simply because I am a Jew? Although Anne finds no easy answers to these questions, she uses them to define who she is and who she wants to be. Anne's quest for her identity is the ultimate power behind this coming-of-age book. The is made richer, sadder and more powerful by the back drop of…