The Diary of a Young Girl

‘The diary of a young girl’ is a girl’s journal of her life in the Nazi ruled Germany during the 1940’s. It is a heartful description of the day to day life in hiding of a teenage girl bursting with new emotions. War, family, love, friendship are the major themes that underline the book yet the book is filled with instances of a young girl discovering new emotions. Anne Frank was a Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, who went into hiding from the Nazis in 1942. Anne and seven others hid in a secret annexe for almost 2 years, during this time Anne wrote her detailed diary.


 “Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year old school girl. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I feel like writing.” One of the first lines of the book, these words perfectly display how Anne Frank was initially hesistant of showing her emotions.


Perhaps the most famous lines from the book,  “It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart”, these lines display one of the most powerful emotions, hope. In a time of great despair, to write these lines depict the remarkable emotional maturity of a 13 year old girl. To merely have the courage to maintain a journal in such tough times is a sign of great character but Anne Frank further fills her accounts with the perfect blend of humor, a very rare element in the times of war.


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