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Topics: Anne Frank, Miep Gies, Otto Frank / Pages: 4 (782 words) / Published: Mar 20th, 2014
Heroism

In frightening situations such as witnessing a crime and saving a life, ordinary people often perform heroic actions far beyond their normal capabilities. To begin with, the action doesn’t have to be the superhero stereotypical story. “When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.” – Joseph Campbell. This means that in any situation where you put another person before yourself you are being heroic in a way. Maybe you stood up for someone in the hallway that was being bullied and sacrificed how people thought about you as being “cool”. Or maybe you just performed a random act of kindness for someone for no reason at all. A hero should also be positive and strong. In Hackett and Goodrich’s play The Diary of Anne Frank, the theme of heroism is illustrated by Miep, Mr. Kraler, and Anne.

Miep was a young woman who was engaged and also had to work everyday and yet she always found the time to visit the families, to bring them food, books, news and whatever else they might have needed or wanted. Miep was very modest. On New Year’s Eve she baked them a cake, even though sugar was sold on rations. Mr. Frank offered her a piece of the cake but she said, "None for me, thank you." because she knew that they hadn't had cake in a very long time, when Mr. Frank insisted, she said, "I couldn't.” Miep also went to a party and she made sure to remember everything to tell them the next day. Miep was a generous woman. Even though she had better, more fun oriented things to do, Miep always found the time to bring the two families hiding out in the secret annex everything they needed.

Mr. Kraler was an old man who felt that no people should suffer like the Jews. He took it upon himself and Miep to give the two families in hiding everything they needed for survival. He made sure that none of the workers found out about the secret annex. Right in the beginning of the story,

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