Anne Frank Notes

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Entry 1:

In contrast to later entries, Anne's early writings hardly mention her family members.

Anne briefly introduces her family, but until they go into hiding, they do not seem to play a large role in Anne's daily thoughts.

Anne does not mention the difficulties she has with her mother, which become a frequent subject in later entries.

Anne's lack of detail about her family suggests that she has so much going on in her own life that she does not need to dwell on family relationships.

The family's imminent confinement drastically changes the way Anne thinks about her relation to her family.

Entry 2:

Having lived a fairly sheltered life thus far in Amsterdam, Anne is naturally focused on normal concerns such as grades and her relationships with boys.

The new gravity of her situation forces Anne to grow up quickly and understand issues that are much bigger than her small social world.

When the family is forced into hiding, Anne's writing becomes terser.

When her family is forced to hide, Anne is confronted with a new reality and finds that she must reconsider the world and her relationship with it.

Anne begins to learn that she can no longer live in the innocent social world of a young teenager and must suddenly confront the adult world and the harshness and dangers of the war.

Entry 3:

The war causes Anne to struggle with her identity as both a German and a Jew.

Thirty years earlier, Anne's father and other German Jews had fought for the German army in World War I.

However, the Nazi regime's rise to power brought the painful realization that both Nazis and many other German people considered Jews foreign or different.

As we see in Anne's identity crisis, the Nazi regime killed not only Jewish people but also the Jewish community's collective connection to its past.

While the Nazis forced Jews to wear stars to mark their identity, they simultaneous stripped the Jews of their identity as members of society.

Entry 4:
Anne begins to worry more about an intrusion into the annex, but nonetheless continues to detail the day-to-day changes in her emotions and passes the time with her studies.

For the first time, Anne writes about feeling closer to Margot, but we do not get a good idea of Margot's character.

For Anne, the early excitement of being in hiding gives way to frustration at being trapped in such close quarters with the van Daans and her own family.

Dussel's arrival is initially exciting for Anne because it brings a change in a life that has little variety.

Entry 5:

In this section Anne vents her frustrations at living in the annex and dealing with the adults.

On the one hand, Anne has the perspective to realize that her situation within the annex is not as dire as the situation outside; however, she does not yet have the empathy to understand the cause of the adults' tensions.

The fact that the Franks celebrate Jewish and Christian holidays, and that Anne believes that both the Christians and Jews want the war to end, reflects the family's assimilation into European culture.

Anne increasingly interrupts her descriptions of the minutiae and social dynamics of the annex with comparisons between the annex and the world outside.

Entry 6:

Despite the forced segregation imposed in the Netherlands, the Franks settled in comfortably enough for Anne to consider herself part of wider Dutch society.

In this section, Anne also describes more of Miep's role in keeping the annex running and gives us a sense of the amount of work Miep has to do to keep them supplied in secret.

Anne understands Miep's envy of the people in the annex, since the situation outside is not favorable for any of the Dutch people, even non-Jews.

Anne's language becomes more metaphorical in this part of the diary, as she increasingly attempts to describe her fear and depression using figurative language.

Anne uses these comparisons to nature to express her feelings...
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