The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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“The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank opens the reader’s eyes to the world of a teenage girl living in hiding during World War II. In this dairy, the day-to-day life of young Anne appears along with her hopes, fears, and deepest thoughts. The reader learns how drastically a life changes at any moment. This book serves as evidence of the suffering of the Jews living in Europe in the years of 1942-1944. The reader learns valuable lessons from Anne’s thoughts, beliefs, and emotions throughout her diary.
Young Anne receives a diary as a birthday gift at the age of thirteen. She decides to tell her diary everything and call it “Kitty.” Kitty quickly becomes Anne’s friend who learns her true feelings and deepest thoughts. At first, Kitty learns about Anne’s school life and the growing fear that weighs upon the Jews’ shoulders. She later learns that Anne’s family sends supplies to Mr. Otto’s office and that the idea of going into hiding quickly becomes a reality. Anne brings Kitty with her when her family travels to their “Annex” or hiding place. Their Annex becomes “an ideal place to hide in” (Frank 26). Along with the Frank family lives the van Daans and later on Mr. Dussel. As time progresses Kitty becomes used not only as an account for school life but as a tunnel to escape the problems of a young teenage girl. Kitty becomes filled with the details of everyday life in hiding. Kitty also learns about the personalities and flaws of the people in hiding along with accounts of their multiple quarrels. Anne spills out her true feelings to Kitty as she “need[s] to get all kinds of things off [her] chest” (Frank 6). The tales of persecuted Jews fill the Annex and become recorded in Anne’s diary. Anne expresses her loneliness to Kitty an...

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...ches readers the important virtues of determination, hard-work and perseverance. Anne explains everyday situations along with important life lessons learned from the Secret Annex. Due to Otto Frank fulfilling his child’s dream of her diary published, the world now sees into the hard years of 1942-1944 for the Jews.

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