The Diary of a Young Girl

This book is a perfect example of how war can ruin among many other things, dreams. It is a story of how a young charming girl’s dream is snatched away for no fault of her own. The line, ““I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death”, is the perfect example of how an ambitious person who has been devoid of a dream feels. This line reflects pain as well as hope,  a deadly combination for a literary text. Ironically Anne Frank mentioned in her book how she wanted to be a published writer but doubted her writing skills.

Fear is another major emotion in the journals. The mere fact of taking every breath in the fear of being caught and sent to concentration camp is highly disturbing which was experienced by Anne Frank and others on a daily basis.


Anne’s  father was a successful businessman before the Nazi rule and was settled in Amsterdam. He rightly anticipated that the Nazis would eventually kill Jews and when the day arrived he moved to the hiding spot he had built in his office with another family. The room was referred to as the “Secret Annex”. Anne Frank describes the hiding place with mixed emotions of satisfaction and discomfort explaining how the olace felt safe but there was no proper arrangement of taking baths or cooking. The family was joined a few days later by the Van Daan family. This family consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan and their son Peter, who was a little older than Anne.


These two families try to get along as best they can, of course, not everyone is happy with the situation. Anne feels as if everything she does is fodder for the adults to use to criticize her. The group also decides to make room for an eighth member, Mr. Dussel. He is a dentist, whose wife is in America. He is recommended by Miep, a young woman who worked for Mr. Frank. There are a number of people helping the families survive in the “Secret Annex”, they include Miep and her husband Henk, Elli, and Mr. Koophuis. There are also others who take a smaller role in helping them survive World War II.


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