My Hero: Anne Frank
Anne Frank wrote her first diary entry, addressed to an imaginary friend named kitty “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support”
Anne’s family and the other Jewish people they lived with, salmost did not step outside the secret Annex for more than 2 years. She wrote extensive daily entries in her diary to pass the time. This would require extreme patience, the eight members in the household could barely move from 8:30am to 6:30pm, so no one could hear them from below.
Anne Frank inspires me for many reasons. Her personality was strong, which in turn allowed her to show great bravery in life. To be able to sit in bed at night and hear the sirens, taking away friends and family, and hearing the bombs and explosions as the war raged around. To handle all of that and still live a ‘semi’- normal life (as recorded in her diary) proved that she was a very brave young woman.
She was the type of person who always looked on the bright side of life. Even when she was in hiding, she never doubted the fact that she would get out of the war alive. She is influential to me because I see her as a hero in my eyes, she was optimistic, patient, unselfish and strong. For most she is someone to look up to, especially for me.
37 years ago the world watched Diana, a young, beautiful school teacher marry the charming heir to the British throne, Prince Charles. This started a new age for the British Monarchy, so long the outdated traditions and the lifeless personages. People watched in delight as the princess attended her official duties with style and grace that stood in contrast to the formal approach of other royal family members.
When the ‘perfect’ marriage between Prince Charles and Diana began to show some cracks, their conflicts were widely reported in the media. In 1996 the world’s most famous marriage ended in divorce. While remaining a supportive and loving mother to William and Harry, Diana championed a number of charitable causes, including homelessness and aids awareness. She focused her attention on the worldwide menace of landmines.
Review of the Anne Frank’s Diary
Anne Frank’s diary is widely read. And even those who have never read it probably recognize few quotes from it. The most heard of may be Anne’s observation: “in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart”. Anne Frank is correct, as everyone does have some sense of good in their heart, and that people will do good for something. Anne Frank says “In spite of everything”, and even if there are bad circumstances, people will do good things.
“This morning our vegetable man was picked up for having two Jews in his house”. Page #239 of Anne’s Diary
The vegetable man was a not a Jew, but helped Jews, despite the circumstances. And it relates to Anne’s claim because she says “in spite of everything, and the vegetable man did all that he can to help. He did a good deed from the heart.
Miep Gies also helps people, particularly the people in the Secret Annexe. An she did it despite the circumstances as well. She befriended Anne, and she tried very hard to help the people in the Secret Annexe. “The camps had decent sufficient food (bearing in mind it was war time), they had theaters, swimming pools, football pitches, post offices where inmates could communicate to the outside world, kindergartens, art and music recreation”
“Something had to be done with these destructive anti-social Jews who were strangling Germany”. Thought Hitler. Germany had lost a lot from Jews, and wanted to do something about it. So, he created containment camps to ease it out. And again, Hitler wanted to help his country, which would be considered as a good deed. And in some ways, it was ethical, because according to The Greatest Story Never Told, the camps had many things to make it livable. Considering what Hitler has done, isn’t it odd for him to do something like this? It could only mean that he wasn’t the super ruthless person we know him for. He had a sense of good, and it showed.
Despite the evidence and explanation given so far, some people may still conclude that Anne’s statement is incorrect. They might argue that the Nazi’s killed without conscious. This point of view makes some sense because the Nazis were brutal. This argument and evidence, however, does not prove Anne incorrect because many soldiers were actual good people, but their will bended. And just as Anne saying “in spite of everything” a lot of soldiers helped out and even befriended the people in the concentration camps, and if the soldiers were caught, they would get punished. Saying that all the Nazis killed without any conscious wouldn’t make sense because a lot of the Nazis were really just following orders. Therefore, Anne Frank is correct, as everyone does have some sense of good in their heart, and that people will do good for something. Anne Frank says “In spite of everything”, and even if there are bad circumstances, people will do good things.
Why Refugees should be Accepted?
After World War II, the United Nations was instituted and one of their tasks was to set up universal regulations and laws to define the status and rights of refugees.
The U.N. High Commission for Refugees organized in 1951 received a three-year mandate to solve postwar refugee problems and was renewed thereafter for five-year periods. Nevertheless, new scope of responsibilities, definitions and restrictions followed with the institution of new conventions and proposals. As of today, the number of refugees remains at an increasing rate and laws have never been stricter and tougher. The refugee crisis remains an ongoing and delicate issue. It encompasses a global predicament that leaves humanity physically and emotionally scarred. Laws that deal with refugee issues are firmer and concerning from different political groups. There were so many real and reel concerns that has been raised and the negative reactions from different nations has become contagious.
Throughout history, acceptance of refugees revolved around issues of morality, economics, security and political delineations. We have yet to bypass these obstacles to continue to preserve the unity that has once been restored.
Anne Frank is an ordinary girl living her prime as a teenager in a place that other girls of her age would never imagine to be; a place void of fun, dignity, freedom and normalcy. In spite of the living situation she and her family is in, Anne kept abreast of the horror outside of the four walls of the hidden annex and put her perception and unfaltering hope into writing. The diary that was given to her as a gift on her 13th birthday linked the dreads and fears of her own and the outside world during her time. She hang on to that flicker of hope that someday, it will all come to pass. Little did anyone know that a thirteen year old girl will turn out to be a representation of a universal message and her diary an instrument of appeal for equality in dignity and acceptance of each other regardless of our differences.
One would have thought after witnessing and/or reading about the horrors of the one of the most devastating part of history, that the world has learned its lesson. The holocaust may now be a thing of the past, a part of history; however, there still are many “Anne Frank and her family” in different parts of the world being judged, discriminated upon and maltreated. Desperately trying to search for humane treatment, they chose to seek shelter in other nations hoping for a newfound home. Anne Frank’s legacy through her diary stirred an awakening on one of the most distressing part in history and a reflection on how we can make a change to prevent its recurrence. Anne Frank finds freedom in her diary. It is in her writings that silence is broken and autonomy sets in. Reading between the lines, one can find a soulful account of the joy, fear, hope, desperation and a plea.
Anne Frank’s story calls for respect to dignity and equality. Having the courage to face our fears will set the trend in breaking the stigma attached to the refugees. No one ever has to face being judged and discriminated upon based on gender, race, beliefs and faith. The best gift you can give the future is to do something worthwhile in the present.
The Catalyst program of Regis supports humanitarian causes through downright expression in words and deeds. We reach out to different countries in need raising funds and awareness to ensure optimization of health and education for those in need. With passion for a great cause, we hope to expand the mission and express the vision worldwide. Together, let us open our minds and listen to our hearts in promoting an attitude of universal acceptance and continue to advocate for the preservation of democracy and human rights for all.
The Story of the Anne Frank Family
The Frank family can be traced back to the Judengasse (or Jews’ lane) in Frankfurt. This was considered the ghetto of the city. Most Jews who lived in the center of the city had to move there eventually. Living conditions in the Judengasse were cramped and povertous, and governmental (guild) laws prohibited most Jews from practising skilled crafts and trades; making it harder to stay afloat. Through my research, I discovered that the Stern and Cahn families, who are direct descendants of Anne Frank, lived in the Judengasse many years before she did. Anne’s great-great grandfather was a wealthy merchant, and most of her other descendants were historically academics and booksellers.
In 1889, Anne’s father (Otto) was born, and in 1925, Otto married Anne’s mother, Edith. The Franks placed great emphasis on a good education. The children attended music lessons (Otto played the cello), and they learned English, French and Italian as a matter of course. After the sudden death of his father, Otto worked in the family-owned bank with his younger brother Herbert. When the first World War broke out in 1914, the Franks were assimilated and considered themselves to be German, and the sons reported for service voluntarily: Otto became an officer in France. After the first World War, the banking industry was in steady decline and the Frank family lost a lot of money because of it. In 1926, the Franks had their first daughter Margot, and in 1929, Anne was born.
Before the second World War, the financial situation worsened after Germany was forced to pay reparations after losing the first. Also, the social situation for Jews worsened due to heightened feelings of anti-Semitism among the populous. In January of 1933, Hitler was appointed Chancellor of the Reich, and one of his first actions was to boycott the Jewish population in Germany. Government commandos occupied the entrances to Jewish department stores and shops, and prevented access to law firms and medical practices owned by Jewish citizens. The Franks then decided to leave Germany for Amsterdam to seek asylum and start a new.
When the German army attacked the Netherlands in 1940 and then occupied the country, anti-Jewish laws were issued. Jews were increasingly limited in their professional and social life. In 1942, after Margot received a letter to be transported to a German labor camp, Otto decided it was time to go into hiding. This hiding place was prepared by Otto a year earlier in the annex of a business in Amsterdam. The Frank family went into hiding on July 6, 1942. They lived in what came to be known as the secret annex for two years, together with the van Pels family. This is where Anne Frank wrote her diary that later became world famous.
The Franks and their friends were betrayed to the Gestapo in 1944 and then transported to Westerbork. With the very last transport from the Netherlands, which left Westerbork on September 3, 1944, Anne Frank, now fifteen years old, her parents and sister Margot were moved to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Anne and Margot died there in March 1945, from the typhus epidemic. Their mother, Edith Frank, who had remained in Auschwitz, died as well, probably from exhaustion; their father, Otto Frank, was one of the few Jewish prisoners liberated by Soviet troops in 1945.
The Diary Of Anne Frank – An Inspiration For Generations
This book is about survival. It’s about prejudice. It teaches how there is nobility in human compassion. And it’s also about a young girl trying to survive adolescence. Many teens can relate to such a book because Anne goes through all of the normal adolescent trials in life, even though she’s locked up. Anne has a difficult relationship with her mother, as most young girls do. She often says things to hurt her mother, yet she can’t help her temper and continues to do so as time goes on. She also goes through the beginning stages of love. She and Peter enjoy each other’s company, and that leads to a very close bond that many teens experience in their lives. Anne also struggles with her identity. She finds through her writing that there are two Annes: a good one and a bad one. She longs throughout the story to find someone who will relate to her. All of these feelings she has can relate to most teenagers, no matter what year it is. It is a universal book. Although it teaches of the Holocaust and what the Jews went through, it reaches out to the reader to make the story more realistic and believable. We never want such a historical blunder to happen again. Anne’s last words in the beloved play and film were her most famous quote, “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” Those words, however, come before the end of the diary, and were written as part of a larger passage exploring the nature of good and evil and grappling with the horror she saw unfolding around her.
The detailed diary of Anne Frank gave us insights into what life was like for Jews who were in hiding, Anne often spoke her feelings and told things as they really were. ‘…I’m honest and tell people right to their faces what I think, even when it’s not very flattering. I want to be honest; I think it gets you further and also makes you feel better about yourself’, which was saved by one of the helpers in the Secret Annex, Miep Gies, and published by her father, Otto Frank, who survived the war, Anne’s voice was heard when millions of others were silenced. She was a young woman attempting to flee persecution, and her life was tragically cut short. Along with 6 million other Jewish people, Anne and the majority of her family were murdered by the German Nazi regime for being different. They were victims of evil. They were victims of hatred.
Yet, despite this, Anne’s words continue to offer hope. They are words that echo through generations, reaching people of all backgrounds and cultures. They instill in us the determination to educate future generations on the horrors of the past; to pass on the ideals of freedom from fear and freedom from want; and to act when we see injustices taking place.
People continue to connect with her. In many ways she is an ordinary teenager, writing about ordinary teenage things. Yet she is an extraordinary person, not only because she wrote these things amid war and violence, but also because in this teenage girl, we find reflective wisdom and wit. She is a woman of inward strength and courage. And her words continue to inspire, to provide optimism and lift generations up.
Impressions from Reading the Diary of Anne Frank
From a technical aspect, The Diary of Anne Frank was superb. The set design captured the sheer simplicity with which the Franks and van Pelts had to live, all the while adding to the intimacy between the actors and the audience. That no real partitions separated the bedrooms from each other or from the general “common room”—what Mr. Frank termed the dining room—emphasized the utter lack of privacy which Mrs. Frank so keenly observed in the first act. Most obviously, the excerpts from Anne’s diary that were painted on the floor and walls added an artistic element to an otherwise minimalist set. It was also meaningful that the sole entrance to the theater was the bookcase; this contributed to the realism of the show for the audience.
With regards to the content of the show, each of the characters was sufficiently developed. Mr. Frank quickly emerged as the voice of reason within the group. His character foil, Mr. van Daan, exhibited an impulsive, ill-tempered nature throughout the show, particularly in his “quarrel” with his wife in the first act, as well as in his failed attempt to sneak bread in the second act. His equally erratic counterpart, Mrs. van Daan, openly flirts with Mr. Frank because her personality and her husband’s are noticeably discordant. Peter van Daan, though ostensibly irritable, is clandestinely shy, unlike his outspoken father. Margot Frank is reserved, graceful, and remarkably intelligent for her age. Likewise, Mrs. Frank keeps to herself. Most of her dialogue in the play focuses on reprimanding spontaneous Anne and helping her be more mature. Mr. Dussel is the introverted, fretful outcast of the group, owing partly to his late entrance into the Secret Annex, well after a group dynamic was established. Miep Gies is the group’s optimistic connection to the outside world. Her altruism is apparent in her unequivocal dedication to helping the Franks and van Daans despite the obvious threat this poses to her own safety. Mr. Kraler, on the other hand, has some qualms about helping the group, as his worrisome nature suggests. Lastly, Anne is very thoughtful and “dignified” in her own right—contrary to her mother’s beliefs. She is unapologetically honest, particularly in her aversion from her mother. She undergoes perhaps the most drastic change of all the characters between the first and second acts, though she never complains of the dismal circumstances of life in the annex.
It is also important to note that each character had an outlet, a way in which he or she dealt with the pain and discomfort of a marginalized, uncertain life in hiding. Anne, obviously, has her diary. In the second act, she even recounted to Peter that she hoped to make a career out of her writing. We see, therefore, that her diary served as a distraction from the present and offered her a daily glimpse into the more promising future. Mr. Frank explained to Anne, “Now, every time I read my Dickens, it takes me into another world. And, in that world, I am free.” Mrs. Frank keeps her mind off of her present misfortune by repeatedly trying to instill politeness and respect in Anne. She does this with the assumption that, when they are rescued from the annex and from hiding, these skills will serve Anne well. That is, she assumes there will be a future in which Anne will benefit from these lessons. Mrs. Frank lectures Anne significantly more in the first act than in the second act; this might be attributed to her noticeable loss of hope (in the second act) for rescue and the end of the Third Reich. Even without her confession to Miep that she “feels the end will never come”, Mrs. Frank makes it clear that she is very reluctant to believe she and her family will live to see the future and the rest of their lives. Considering this, it follows that she would helplessly give up scolding Anne. Mrs. van Daan had her fur coat as a reminder of the luxurious life that once was. After her husband gave it to Miep to sell, Mrs. van Daan lamented, “Oh, Putti, that was the last thing! A whole world—gone.” Mr. van Daan had his cigarettes, then a mark of living the high life. He also frequently longed for “Berkhof’s cream cakes”, a treat from which “rotten kale and potatoes” were a stark aberration. Margot and Mr. Dussel led private lives, somewhat aloof from the rest of the group, Mr. Dussel even “spending most of [his] life in [the WC]”, which was the only place in the entire Secret Annex where solitude was possible. Peter, somewhat introverted himself, spent a sizeable amount of time in the attic with his cat, Mouschi, as opposed to joining the others downstairs.
Living During Holocaust Described in the Diary of Anne Frank
“I only knew its funny never to be able to go outdoors… never to breathe fresh air… never to run and shout and jump”. Anne Frank wrote this in The Diary of Anne Frank, while she was hiding in a dark loft with two families, knowing that at any moment, her life could be over. Anne Frank was living in fear like this for two years. During the time period of the Holocaust, when the Nazi’s were sending Jews to concentration camps, Anne and her family, along with two other families were in a small, cramped loft that barely had any space to fit them all. The main problems the families living in the Annex faced were harsh living conditions, fearful tension and a scarcity of supplies.
To begin, the living conditions the residents of the Annex were forced to live with were very dreadful and cruel. The place in which Anne was driven to take refuge was obviously not the most ideal place, seeing as they had to live “off the grid”, meaning they had to do whatever it took in order to be safely concealed from the public and from the Nazis. The residents of the Annex couldn’t run water, which included using the bathroom, talk, and they had to walk lightly. “So, to be perfectly safe, from eight in the morning until six in the evening we must move only when it is necessary, and then in stockinged feet. We must not speak above a whisper. We must not run any water.” Mr. Frank had said this in The Diary of Anne Frank. This quote explains the hardships that the residents of the Annex had to deal with. Given these points, if people in the Annex didn’t adhere to these precautions, wouldn’t be safe.
Moreover, fear is a catalyst that fuels the residents into hiding from the Nazis in 1942. The subjugation of Holland by the German Nazis stimulated this apprehension. Jews were afraid the Nazis would drag them from their home and force them to a concentration camp. In The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank said, “Terrible things are happening outside. At any time of day, poor helpless people are being dragged outside their homes”. Anne Frank explains to the reader that every family in the Annex and the Jews outside are living in terror. Anne also explains how the Nazis are locating and deporting the Jews straight from the comfort of their homes to the hellish environment of a concentration camp. The families in the Annex were also in fear of losing all of their supplies. In addition to a very harsh environment and the trepidation created invasion by the Nazis, the members in the Annex were restricted even further by now having a scarce amount of supplies and necessities.
In addition to isolation and fear, the lack of supplies in the Annex made the living conditions harsher. The residents in the Annex had such a lack of food that they have been sharing the food rations. “The bread! He was stealing the bread-Mrs. Frank. It was you, and all the time we thought it was the rats! -Dussel. Mr. Van Daan, how could you! -Mr. Frank. I’m hungry- Mr. Van Daan. We’re all of us hungry! I see the children getting thinner and thinner. Your own son Peter… I’ve heard him moan in his sleep, he’s so hungry. And you come in the night and steal food that should got to them… to the children- Mrs. Frank.” This quote explains how Mr. Van Daan pilfered food at night to ease his hunger. Mrs. Frank then goes on to describe how the children are growing thinner and go to sleep starving. The lack of resources is another factor in the Annex that the residents have to suffer through.
In the final analysis, Anne Frank and her family lived in fear for two years, as they had to deal with very harsh living conditions; they lived in fear, and barely had enough food to survive. The three families in the Annex got eventually got caught by the Germans and were sent to concentration camps. But, Anne Frank and her glorious legacy will forever be resonant.æ
Anne Frank: the Diary of Young Girl
Throughout the book, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Anne developed and changed into a young woman. In the beginning of the book, Anne felt a lot of self-pity and regret for her actions. She always was compared to her sister Margot who was described as the perfect daughter who never talked back or got in fights with people like Anne often did. Anne questioned herself, “Am I really so badmannered, conceited, headstrong, pushing, stupid, lazy, etc., etc., as they all say? Oh of course not. I have my faults, just like everyone else, I know that, but they thoroughly exaggerate everything” (Frank, pg. 54). Mrs. Van Daan often made Anne feel weak miserable about herself and made her dread being in the Secret Annexe. Since she was just a young girl, Anne didn’t really know how to be strong and have confidence in herself.
As the book goes on, Anne Frank gains some knowledge and reflects on her past and her family and tries to move on. She meditates on her earlier life and thinks, “I just didn’t want to see all of this, and pitied myself very much, but that, too, is understandable. Those violent outbursts on paper were only giving vent to anger which in a normal life could have been worked off by stamping my feet a couple of times in a locked room, or calling Mummy names behind her back” (Frank, pg 170). Because Anne looked back at her past mistakes, it makes her stronger and helps her develop into a better, happier person who doesn’t dwell on everything questionable she has done.
As the book comes to an end, Anne realizes that she has two sides to her personality. She explains, “I’ve already told you before that I have, as it were, a dual personality. One half embodies my exuberant cheerfulness, making fun of everything, my high spiritedness, and above all, the way I take everything lightly. This includes not taking offense at a flirtation, a kiss, an embrace, a dirty joke. This side is usually lying in wait and pushes away the other, which is much better, deeper and purer” (Frank, pg. 340). Anne finally comes to realize that she isn’t perfect and most people haven’t seen her better side. She wishes people like her parents and Peter didn’t always have to see her lesser side, but that’s just the way it is.
Daphne du Maurier, the author of Rebecca, used a lot of very wonderful descriptions which had deeper meanings throughout the book. For example, Manderley’s library was described, “There was an old quiet smell about the room, as though the air in it was little changed, for all the sweet lilac scent and the roses brought to it throughout the early summer. Whatever air came to this room, whether from the garden or from the sea, would lose its first freshness, becoming part of the unchanging room itself, one with the books, musty and never read, one with the scrolled ceiling, the dark panelling, the heavy curtains” (du Maurier, p 69). This description of the room possessed a dull and somber mood. Deep down it really meant that Rebecca’s essence and existence still appeared in the room, therefore that was why why it was so dreary and dead in the library. Anything fresh that came to the room would never thrive and prosper. Also, it inferred that the library didn’t have a lot of liveliness because of her death and how it gave the narrator a bit of uneasiness and dread living in Rebecca’s house as her “replacement”.
In the book, the narrator’s name and background is never revealed due to a deeper and more symbolic meaning. The narrator is the new Mrs. De Winter and has replaced Rebecca, the old Mrs. De Winter. It is very hard for her to move on and be happy because she believed that everyone loved and missed the old Rebecca and doesn’t care about her because she deserves to be unknown. Also, she always felt that Rebecca was still there in the house and will always be there. The narrator explained, “Unconsciously I shivered, as though someone had opened the door behind me, and let a draught into the room. I was sitting in Rebecca’s chair, I was leaning against Rebecca’s cushion, and the dog had come to me and laid his head upon my knee because that had been his custom, and he remembered, in the past, she had given sugar to him there” (du Maurier, p 79). In conclusion, this was the reason why her name was never revealed. Rebecca was the type of person who knew how to make everyone love her when she was alive and mourn her existence forever when she was dead. The narrator would’ve had to overcome the dead Mrs. De Winter for it to be important for her name to be revealed because she was the lesser one of the two and could never out grow her legacy.
To Kill a Mockingbird
The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a book that was seperated into two different parts. It is divided into two parts because both sections have a different topic. The first part of the book is all about Boo Radley and the town of Maycomb. It is basically explaining Scout and Jem’s normal lives during the time period of the 1930s in the south. On the other hand, the second part of the book is all about the scandalous trial in which Atticus is defending Tom Robinson, the black man accused of raping a white woman. Also, another reason the book is divided into two is because Jem and Scout have grown up. The second part of the book shows the more “mature” version of the children. In the beginning of the book Scout was six and Jem was ten. In the beginning of part two Jem was twelve and scout was eight. Since scout was becoming an older boy, he was starting to change his attitude and lose most of young playful mood. His new self was described, “Jem was twelve. He was difficult to live with, inconsistent, moody” (Lee, pg. 109). This showed how part two of the book also illustrated how people change as they grow up in life.
A concrete symbol in To Kill a Mockingbird was the knot-hole in the tree at the edge of the Radley lot. The situation when Scout first saw the knot-hole was described, “Some tinfoil was sticking in a knot-hole just above my eye level, winking at me in the afternoon sun. I stood on tiptoe, hastily looked around once more, reached into the hole, and withdrew two pieces of chewing gum minus their outer wrappers” (Lee, pg. 35). This was a key symbol in the book because it was Boo Radley’s way of communication with the kids through giving them little presents. Although he didn’t leave the house much, it still showed that he was a good person who just wanted a friendship. The knot-hole was a sign of friendliness and also a sign of awareness of Boo Radley being a normal human being and not some crazy neighbor they have.
“The Diary of Anne Frank”
Anne Frank- Anne is a thirteen years old Jewish girl. She’s a chatterbox, clever girl and she dreamed to be a writer, she is fanned of writing on what she is feeling or what had happen to her. She’s an emotional girl who’s empathic in some ways. She adores her father so much. Anne is somehow a jealous daughter/person. She’s obedient to her parents.
Margot Frank- She is Anne’s sister. Anne sees her as brilliant, pretty, “perfect” and everyone’s favorite. Margot only exist in Anne’s dairy in the cause of jealousy or anger, because of how their mom favored Margot so much.
Mrs. van Daan- The mother of Peter who is disagreeable, she and Edith Frank is not really in good terms because of their different perspective and on how she criticize the franks. She’s somehow lazy and egotistical. She’s flirtatious to Anne’s dad. She and Anne always have conflict because she keeps on correcting Anne’s actions. She is mean and sometimes vulgar.
Peter van Daan- The son of Mr. and Mrs. van Daan, Anne describe him as obnoxious, lazy and hypersensitive, he is stubborn at times. But later on they become close to Anne and become somehow a lover
Mr. van Daan- He is the Father of Peter who is egotistical, adamant, intelligent and pragmatic. He works with Otto Frank in one company as herbal specialist. He is temperamental and he speaks his mind.
Otto Frank- Anne’s Father, Anne sees her dad kind, intelligent, gentle and thoughtful. She loves her dad for his dad is the only person who understand and stands for her. He is somewhat conservative, protective and secretive when it comes to sexuality. He is smart and skillful business man. He had a strong character. He is the only one who survive the war.
Edith Hollander-Frank- Anne’s mom. Anne sees her as sentimental and critical, they always have misunderstanding. She lacks of affection to Anne’s.
Mr. Dussel- He is a dentist and acquainted to Otto Frank who help the Franks hide in the annex
Mr. Kraler (Kugler) – Is also one of the people who help the Franks in hiding in the annex
Miep Gies- She’s the secretary in Otto Frank’s office. Who also help the Franks. She was the one who hid the diary in her desk drawer, unread.
Bep Voskuijl- She is also one of the people who helps the Franks, she’s helpful to Franks the whole time the Franks were living in the annex
Mr. Voskuijl- Bep’s father
Jan Gies- he is the husband of Mieps
Peter Schiff- He was Anne’s love from sixth grade.
Hello Selberberg- He was the lover of Anne, but Anne sees him as a friend though they have somewhat romantic relationship
Setting: Secret Annex, is a proportion of Otto Frank and Mr. van Daan’s office. Anne stated it detail by detail in the diary where there is a staircase and there is another door. The easiest way to go to the annex but prohibited to be opened or else they will all be caught.
Point of View: First person point of view
Anne received a diary on her thirteenth Birthday and she started to pour out all her emotions, perceptions and what she observes. It consists of girlhood where she shares to kitty (diary’s name) about the boys who has crush on her, her friends, her academic performances, her sister and Parents.
The van Daan’s come to live with the Franks earlier than the day they scheduled, at first they all have good spirits, as their lives go on inside the annex, couple fight or fights between the family starts to breakout because of the stress all of them are feeling. And when Mr. Drussel come to live with them, it starts more of the fight because Mr. Drussel is arrogant person. Soon after all that, a thief breaks into the office below and they all try to be quiet but a lamp fell and it scares the thief but makes the thief knows someone lives up there. It scares everyone more.
After living the annex for 2 years, the phone downstairs ring and makes everyone confused. But Mr. Drussel thinks its Miep trying to contact them so he run downstairs but he’s too late because the ringing stops and the green police shows up and starts banging down the door. They calmly pack up their things, and wait for the green police to take them away to the concentration camp.
The green police finally get in and gives them time to pack up whatever they can carry on their person, and leave.
“deep down, I believe people are good” Otto Frank felt shame because after all what Nazi,or the German people put them through but still Anne believes that they are good at heart.
Theme: Racism, I thought of this as the theme because on how German put the slavery to Jewish people. They can’t enjoy their lives for there are limitations are Jewish could do.
Atmosphere: fear, Because we can feel and imagined how fearful the Frank’s and van Daan’s.
A Powerful Story Of Anne Frank Life
Anne Frank’s story is a powerful story. Her story can be explained in different ways; the Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank’s Biography, Anne Frank’s Hiding Place, and Anne Frank’s Holocaust. Each of these topics perpetuates social justice. Social justice can be defined a distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society. Anne Frank’s focus this year is to Engage, Lead, and Improve the World, which coincides with the difficulties of social justice then and now.
The presentation was thorough. The thesis, statements, and main points were clear. The story was meaningful. The presentation was full of metaphors; emotions were compared to bubbles, the routine and being controlled were compared to robots, and being different and being yourself was compared to Alex; a girl who did not cooperate like the rest of the robots. The play motivated me to share my story not only with the people who I give advice to but to also to not be ashamed to express my story any and everywhere. I was not always able to tell my story to everyone but participating in this event enhanced my comfortability to share my story with more confidence, be more open, and taught me how to use metaphors more vigorously.
My father constantly went over the fundamentals of Heaven and Hell, so I was basically taught to believe in it. He was very religious. My dad always told me to stand my ground and read the bible. He says it is required to believe in the word of God so I can walk through the gateway of Heaven; a beautiful, peaceful place full of angels and brightly whitened clouds. There are a lot rules and regulations you must follow; obey your mother and father, respect your neighbors, love everyone as you love yourself, wait until marriage, don’t kill, lie, or cheat; you know… all that good stuff. I cannot quote all of them word for word, but I can assure you I have probably broken almost all. I have a guilty conscience but I do not tell anyone about it. I keep all my emotions inside so no one can ask “what is wrong?” If they question me, it’ll require an explanation that I’m not ready to give. Most of the time I pretend like everything’s okay, when in reality, I store all of my emotions in these dull, cracked up imaginary glass bottles. The more the bottles fill up, the more I try ignoring the agony of being reminded of my wrong doings. My pains stem from multiple directions. Each direction triggers a different nerve in my body, which affects the main part of me; my self-esteem.
My self-esteem began to lessen once I lost virginity. I was 13 years old when “the love of my life” crushed my precious flower. His name was Mark. He was so beautiful to me; brownskin, tall, smelled like linen fabric softener, and very sweet (to almost every girl actually). I didn’t pay attention to my feelings toward him flirting with other girls; I was just happy to be one of them. He gave me my first kiss in 6th grade. It was on these dusty stoned gym stairs right in front of our gym teacher’s ran down office. He asked me to be his girlfriend a week after. He would buy me tropical flavored fruit snacks and write me little love notes twice a week. Most of the time I couldn’t read them; some of his letters were messed up because he had horrible penmanship and he was left handed. However, none of his flaws bothered me. Butterflies would rush into my stomach whenever he walked in a room. He had a glow; well, he did to me. I was blinded by “love” I thought was real.
All of these feelings I had for this “outstanding guy” led me to giving him something that could never be returned to me. My father stressed the abstinence rule. “In the Bible, Alexys, one must wait until marriage. That is all. The only thing guys want from you is sex. Period.” On February 17, 2012, I had sex with Mark. At that time I was happy, but after he got what he wanted, he moved right along with the time. He was no longer apart of my life and I was broken. As time went by, I began repairing my broken pieces. More guys came straddling in as the years went along and walked right out. It began to feel normal. I began to accept the fact that no one guy would stay around forever to keep me overjoyed and jubilant. However, for the time being, each guy gave me a strange feeling. A feeling that filled my body up to the brim. It wasn’t the feeling of pleasure, but the feeling of being “loved” and “wanted”. When a guy would leave, I’d fall harder because of every emotion I kept inside. The emotions would spill out all at once. The guys would say “Alexys, it’s not that serious”, “Alexys you’re crazy”, “why are you so upset with me?”. I could never answer them honestly. Me opening up to them would be a door for them to walk through and rob every piece of privacy I had left and use it against me. I became paranoid and developed anxiety. I would sit in the dark at night, stare at my wall, and think about death.
“How can I ask God for forgiveness? He would never forgive me… I’ve broken too many rules. I do not even know why I am like this.” The guys were the main issue but deep down in my soul, I knew they were not the root to my problem. Every night I tried to fight my thoughts about death. It began to haunt me. I pictured demons picking at my skin and me missing the bus ride to Heaven. I felt the heat of the fire coming from the grounds of Hell. That is why I never wanted my feet to show when I slept. I was always afraid of the devil creeping up on me and dragging me from under the covers into his chambers of horror. I had a very negative mentality. People always wondered why I never opened my eyes or uncovered my ears during horror movies. I did not have the guts to tell them that I will dream about it for months and believe that one day I could be them. I was terrified. I hated going to sleep because I felt like I would never wake back up. I began seeing things differently as well. I would look around and ask myself “Am I living right now?”, “Can people see me?” I felt alone and distant from everything. I wanted to know what death felt like. Nonetheless, as I grew older, those thoughts began slightly vanish. It was a day to day process. Being that I experienced a lot at a younger age, I grew to know and figure out how to handle some situations without expressing myself and without guidance, but I always questioned myself; why did I let those guys have such an effect on me? Is that really all I’m good for? Why was I not good enough? I dug deep and then it hit me. I finally had a feeling as to why I felt this way but I ignored it… I did not want it to be true.
My mother told me a story about when I was little. I was around three years old and I was with both my parents. I was sitting in the living room watching television and I began to cry; hard. My father got angry and yelled “Why is she like this?! My sister was never like this. I hate it! Why can’t she be a regular baby?!” My mother didn’t think anything of it because she said “He was young; he was didn’t know what he was saying.” I never liked staying with my father. Since I was a little girl. He wasn’t nice to me. I wanted my mother to stay home all the time. My father was so routined; never genuine. His “I love you” seemed forced and his “you look beautiful today” seemed dishonest. He never apologizes. He just moves on, not knowing how I feel about the situation. I never hug him, kiss him on the cheek to say goodbye, or greet him with hospitality when he’d walk through a room. That was my life since I was a little girl, so I thought it was normal. Now that I’m older, it got worse and I sometimes wished my mother was a single parent.
I hardly ever listened to people tell their “good daddy” stories. It would hit one of my nerves but always ignored it. I hated hearing them, not realizing the exact reason why. I’m not a “daddy’s girl” at all, but I wish I was. My father is a good man. He makes sure I’m good in school, he provides for me, he takes me places, and makes sure I am in church, but that is not all a father is suppose to do. I wanted to be loved, pampered, joked around with, welcomed, comforted, and have a relationship with him. I felt like a robot that had to obtain all this information and figure out what to do with it on my own. I just needed a dad, not a Sergeant. I was probably not the best daughter but the difference between my father and I is I tried to be. He thought he was perfect, so it was not much for me to do. I do not hold grudges against people because I do not want the burden on my shoulders. The grudge I held against my father, however, refrained me from being able to live up to the expectations I had for myself.
Now I’ve let go of the grudge. He spoke positively about me, but it always felt insincere so I never acknowledged it. Each day, I continued to build a wall between us. I can not change a person; I can only change myself and hope they change too. I always remind myself of my own worth and purpose. The Bible taught me to love my neighbor as much as I love myself. I’ve loved others before loving myself. I know now that I am in control of what I allow to affect me. People will come in go, but those who truly stay are those who love you the most. My father never left, but most of the time it felt like he was never there. I had to apprehend that he is not like me. Now, I know my dad meant what he said, but he has no feeling. I love my father with all my heart and I thank him for being the man that he is because he helped mold me into the person I am today. He allowed me to see the greatness in myself, BY MYSELF. I thank God for exposing me to those struggles and taking me on that rocky journey. Those bottles aren’t completely empty, but I know they will never overflow. My view of acceptance is different now and the burden is lifted.
Due to my experience, I am able to guide other people who have similar problems. They confide in me because they trust me and my story. I am thankful for everything I went through. This allows me to get Engaged when I hear someone going through what I went through and hope to Lead them in the path of comfort, stability, and self-love. The more people who believe in themselves and overcome obstacles they felt would never be accomplished, will help Improve the World, which will carry on the legacy of Anne Frank and her compelling journey.