Response to Literature Essay
Essay by: Sean Bonilla Boston
Have you ever felt persecuted? That is the case for Anne Frank, a
teenage girl and her family who were forced into hiding during the
holocaust. In the play “The Diary of Anne Frank Essay” by Frances Goodrich and
Albert Hackett, Anne teaches the reader about optimism, family, and
In the story Anne, The main character, shows a lot of optimism even in
the worst of times. For example Anne is writing in her diary and she
mentions Miep and Mr. Kraler (the two people who helped the Franks and the
Van Daans) “The days aren’t so bad.
At least we know that Miep and Mr.
Kraler are down there below us in the office. Our Protectors, we call
them.” Anne shows optimism here because the first days in hiding her feels
frightened of every little noise she hears, because she thinks the green
police are coming for her, but when she remembers Miep and Mr. Kraler
downstairs she feels reassured. Another example of optimism or hope would
be when they occupants of the Secret Annex (the place where the Van Daan
family and the Frank families are hiding) get news of D-Day and the Allies
landing at Normandy “Miep: British, Americans, French, Dutch, Poles, and
.. all of them! More than four thousand ships! Churchill spoke
and, General Eisenhower D-day, they call it! Mr. Frank: Thank god it has
come! Mrs. Van Daan: At Last!” this event gives the Franks and the Van
Daans hope that they may survive the war.
The play “The Diary of Anne Frank” has many examples of strong family
and how sometimes hardships can make a family stronger.
For example, in the
earlier parts of the book Mr. Van Daan was stealing food at night even when
his own son was starving every night, but when a moment of happiness Mr.
Van Daan realizes how bad exactly what he was doing really was and he
becomes ashamed, “Please, I’m so ashamed… Stealing food from children!”
Van Daan is extremely sorry for his action earlier in the play, and
everyone forgives him for his actions. Another good example is right after
Mr. Van Daan confesses his wrong doings, Anne also comes clean, “Look at
me, the way I’ve treated Mother… so mean and horrid to her.
No, Anneke, no. Anne: Oh, Mother, I was awful…” Anne admits how she acted
Frank and Mrs. Frank forgives her this is a perfect illustration of
how hardships can bring family closer together.
Anne also teaches the reader a lot about friendship and how hardships
can sometimes make friendships stronger. One example of friendship would be
when Anne and Peter are talking in his room, “Peter, did you ever kiss a
girl? Peter: Yes. Once. Anne: Was she pretty? .
..” This shows that Anne and
Peter are getting along and becoming closer friends. They trust each other
enough to share past experiences and secrets with each other. Another great
example of how time and hardships can strengthen friendships is when Anne
is writing in her diary towards the end of scene two, “By this time we all
know each other so well that if anyone starts to tell a story, the rest can
finish it for him.” This means that the Franks and the Van Daans have spent
so much time with each other that their finishing each others sentences,
which is a sign that when friends spend time with each other they get to
know each other better, thus strengthening their relationships.
All in all Anne teaches the reader a lot about hope, family, and
friendship. Like when Anne showed optimism when she thought about Miep and
Mr. Kraler when she felt scared, or when Mr. Van Daan and the others should
that hardships can make a family close, and how time can heal distant
friendships. Anne Frank’s story has been known as an inspirational story
all around the world and has helped many get through discrimination. .