Diary Of Anne Frank Essay

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Growing up, we have all heard of the tragic story of Anne Frank: the young girl who wrote about growing up in the Holocaust whose life was later taken after being sent to a concentration camp. Many students use this story to learn about the Holocaust, but is this novel too gruesome for young students to be learning about? After reading her diary, "The Diary of Anne Frank" contains too gruesome of information for children reading the book for educational purposes. One of the reasons why “The Diary of Anne Frank” is not age appropriate is because of the way Anne describes the behavior of the nazis. On October 9, 1942, Anne recorded in her diary, “Mr. Dussel has told us much about the outside world we’ve missed for so long. He had sad news. …show more content…
Also, they could be picturing these images in their heads as well, which they may not interpret correctly. A source about the novel states, "Knowing that she later died in a concentration camp, readers have the chance to mourn one of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis." (Hope). If a student in middle or elementary school reads about her story, they may not be able to know how to handle this information, because of how devastating it was and may not have the maturity to. Another reason why “The Diary of Anne Frank” should not be a tool used by teachers to have students learn about the holocaust is that it was even part of banned book week. Someone would not expect a book like this to be on that list; however, it is because of inappropriate information. “For example, titles like... Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl... which now are a staple in the school systems, were at one time considered too scandalous or inappropriate for children.” One of Anne quotes that could fall under this statement would be,
“It’s utterly impossible for me to build my life on foundation of chaos, suffering and death. I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions.” (Frank