Dramatical Life Of Anne Frank
“ ‘How can I have changed so much?’ ‘It was quite a different Anne who enjoyed that heavenly existence from the Anne who has grown wise within these walls.’” These are just some of the words that Anne wrote in her diary, nearly two years after her family went into hiding. But what do they mean? Anne Frank’s life was altered dramatically at the age of thirteen, and despite of this, she changed and matured atypically for an isolated young girl.
First of all, Anne matured mentally and grew in knowledge during her time in hiding. Even though confined in the Secret Annexe, her family managed to provide her with the tools and books for learning and she continued her education. This also passes all of the dull and endless hours she spent in the Secret Annexe. Anne says on July 11, 1943, “Ordinary people simply don’t know what books mean to us, shut up here. Reading, learning, and the radio are our amusements.” Anne obviously enjoys writing and perfects the art hoping to make herself a legacy from it. On April 4, 1944, she says, “I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for giving this gift, this possibility of developing myself and of writing, of expressing all that is within me.” Anne knows God has given her a gift with words and uses this opportunity in confinement to develop that gift.
Anne also grew in the maturity of her relationships with others. She pushes herself away from her father and mother in the Secret Annexe, and feels the need to talk to someone her own age. She says on March 16, 1944, “Thank goodness the others can’t tell what my inward feelings are, except that I’m growing cooler towards Mummy daily, I’m not so affectionate to Daddy and I don’t tell Margot a single thing. I’m completely closed up.” She slowly starts to open up to Peter and tell him about what she feels about certain things and people in her life. The choices Anne makes are interesting. Instead of opening up, and becoming closer to her family while in hiding, she feels the urge to separate herself. Anne’s relationship with God also changes throughout her time in hiding. In the beginning, she rarely refers to God, whereas towards the end, her references become more frequent. She even becomes hurt when Peter mocks religion. She says on July 6, 1944, “He [Peter] has no religion, scoffs at Jesus Christ, and swears using the name of God; although I’m not orthodox either, it hurts me every time I see how deserted, how scornful, and how poor he really is.”
Third, suffering is a means by which Anne matures. Paul says in Romans 5:3-4, a “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Suffering is one of the major ways God shapes a person’s life and in this case, Anne Frank’s suffering leads to maturity. Anne says on November 20, 1942, “But it often makes my head swim if I’m jumped upon too much, and then on top of that have to think about all those other miseries!” Having to remain confined and quiet was exceptionally hard for Anne. In school she was known as the chatterbox, and before she went into hiding, led a very socially oriented life. After a particular meal, Anne ponders and writes that it seems like she just can’t escape being miserable. “A good hearty laugh would help me more than ten Valerian pills, but we’ve almost forgotten how to laugh ” (Sept. 16, 1943). Even later during her time in hiding, she says, “I have now reached the stage that I don’t much care whether I live or die. The world will still keep on turning without me; what is going to happen, will happen, and anyway it’s no good to resist. I trust to luck and do nothing but work, hoping that all will end well” (Feb. 3, 1944). Anne starts to realize at this point that anything could happen to her. She shows new maturity in this realization and even more in the fact that she does not give up, given the possible outcomes. She resolves to keep her hopes up and keep working to the end. That shows both true maturity and resolute courage.
Anne Frank did change by grow in maturity, to a level far above most girls of her age. She did this by gaining mental knowledge, uniting and separating herself from others in hiding with her, and enduring the suffering and hardships that arose in her life. The Diary of Anne Frank has been published and is read worldwide today. Anne seems to have gotten her wish, “to go on living even after [her] death!”
Children’s literature has used the theme of food since the very beginning to clearly describe the internal disputes and conflicts that the characters have within themselves. In Lewis’s The Lion, […]
Anne of Green Gables is classic novel that was written by the author Lucy Maud Montgomery. It has been read by people of all ages for decades. The book is […]
This story, ‘Anne of Green Gables’, talks about an orphan named Anne Shirley. This whole story starts with a mistake. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert wanted to adopt a boy, instead […]
Everyone faces challenges in their lives. People learn and grow through their experiences and develop certain qualities because of them. Experiences can shape people in a positive or negative way, […]
Anne Frank was a young Holocaust survivor who provided a vivid glimpse into what life was like living in Nazi occupied Holland through her diary. Frank’s diary is a story […]
The Holocaust was a time where people were dropping like flies. It was a time period where people were hunted down like animals and killed in cold blood. Adolf Hitler […]
Anne Frank was a teen writer who went into hiding during the Holocaust, journaling her experiences in the renowned work The Diary of Anne Frank. Born on June 12, 1929, […]
Characters: 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 […]
Field Work Project My first stop for this fieldwork project was Museum of Tolerance, which is located in the city of Los Angeles. This is a museum that particularly covers […]
“ ‘How can I have changed so much?’ ‘It was quite a different Anne who enjoyed that heavenly existence from the Anne who has grown wise within these walls.’” These […]