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Anne Frank - Loneliness
Transcript of Anne Frank - Loneliness
Loneliness was a prevalent theme within the Diary of Anne Frank. Being confined in the annex had really affected Anne emotionally and impacted greatly on her life. She wrote in her diary because she felt alone and wanted a friend, as shown in her first entry:
“I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.”
She used her diary frequently so that she could confide in her feelings that she couldn’t express to others she was living with. In the diary, she shows the reader her strength and the importance of believing in herself.
But how did she deal with the loneliness in her life?
“There's only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and forget everybody else! It sound egotistical, but it's actually the only cure for those suffering from self-pity.”
Anne Frank wrote this entry on Friday, June 16th, 1944. In this entry she talks about how the people surrounding her in the annex are changing in their own way (not necessarily good). She shows that the only rule you need is to laugh at everything and forget everybody. It shows that throughout the struggle she is suffering she has a remedy to keeping herself from the self-pity. It gives her a little more hope and the courage to smile and laugh and not take everything to heart. This gives the effect to the reader of a girl living to her words and trying to look on the brighter side of life. This connects to us because it shows that even if you’re unhappy over your troubles there is still a bit of light in life and many girls may feel this way.
Anne Frank wrote this on Wednesday, 23rd February, 1944. In this entry, she is actually indescribably happy, and she doesn’t really understand why. That morning, she was with Peter, looking out of the window at the blue sky. She believed that if you were outside and with nature, you would always find solitude. This is very important because moments like these were one where she felt happy and optimistic whereas for most of the book she was always searching for ways to be happy. This makes the reader feel as though they can understand where she is coming from because they have felt like that before.
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
Anne’s social life, although full with fun and meaning, is lacking in one aspect: romantic love. From the very beginning of Anne’s diary, she has always wanted to have a boyfriend. She doesn’t feel special and perhaps she doesn’t feel like she belongs. She has two personas, but only one is shown to the world. Her friends don’t know the real her, the one she likes and wants the world to see.
She wants a deeper relationship with someone who understands and loves her for her. It is likely that she desires a romantic relationship specifically for the purpose that she is lonely. Anne finds this in Hello. He is different from the other boys and she begins to get to know him better, but unfortunately, she soon has to leave him. Then there is Peter. She is lonely and isolated from the real world with other people her age. It is likely that she seeks a relationship with Peter to lessen her overwhelming loneliness.
Anne is always deeply insightful. When people read her words, they feel inspired and shocked. It is also possible for you to apply her words to your own life and relationships and reflect. Her writing makes you think.
“You can be lonely even when you are loved by many people, since you are still not anybody's one and only.”
Anne writes this in the midst of her isolation at the annex. She is removed from the war and death that occurs in the outside world and as she writes, she acknowledges this and sorts through her emotions on the issue. In hiding, she feels both guilty and grateful at being isolated from the pain and suffering from others. She also feels helpless because she knows there is absolutely nothing she can do about the suffering. Anne is so truthful when she writes this and it is unusual for something so dark and unhappy to be going through someone her age. This surprises the reader that she would think so deeply about this issue and they admire her insights into the world around her. I’m sure we have all felt something similar to this.
We know about the suffering of the world, maybe aware to a
lesser degree, but it’s still there in the background. Murder, famine
and poverty occur in all places around the world, but we are mostly
unaffected and unconnected from this. Like her, we go to sleep
every night in a warm bed with loving parents and a happy life.
At times, we may feel like we don’t deserve this or that we take
advantage of it. Perhaps we can appreciate the world and people
around us more, and feel grateful that we are as fortunate as we are.
“We’re so fortunate here, away from the turmoil. We wouldn’t have to give a moment’s thought to all this suffering if it weren’t for the fact that we’re so worried about those we hold dear, whom we can no longer help. I feel wicked sleeping in a warm bed, while somewhere out there my dearest friends are dropping from exhaustion or being knocked to the ground.”
“Now I'm back to the point that prompted me to keep a diary in the first place: I don't have a friend.”
Anne Frank - Loneliness
This is one of the first entries that Anne has written in her diary. It shows that she feels lonely, even though she is surrounded by friends. This is because she doesn’t talk about anything important to them, possibly because she doesn’t trust them or that she is afraid of rejection. It seems she doesn't expect her situation to change, perhaps because she doesn't feel she can ever trust them, or maybe she believes that if she does begin talking about her life and her feelings, then their relationship would change for the worst. Even so, she would still like a friend she can talk about anything with, which is why she started a diary. After all, the person you can trust the most would be yourself. This offers an explanation to the creation of the diary and lets the readers better understand her thoughts and feelings. Many of her readers are also around her age and may be able to relate to the situation she is in. Perhaps then, they will feel less alone and wonder at how a person almost a decade older than her has been through the same things.
“No, on the surface I seem to have everything, except my one true friend. All I think about when I'm with friends is having a good time. I can't bring myself to talk about anything but ordinary everyday things. We don't seem to be able to get any closer, and that's the problem. Maybe it's my fault that we don't confide in each other. In any case, that's just how things are, and unfortunately they're not liable to change. This is why I've started the diary.”
Anne Frank wrote this entry on the 20th of November, 1942 whilst living in the annex. She wrote this because she was feeling lonely and as though no-one really understands her as a developing teenager. She thought that her father could replace her former life, but she discovers that he isn’t able to. This is important because it shows the stress that Anne is going through whilst being confined within the annex and how it is affecting her emotionally and psychologically. This has a big effect on the reader because it brings out Anne’s deep feelings that she has been holding in. This connects to us because sometimes people do feel deserted and alone, though surrounded by people.
Added to this misery there is another, but of a more personal nature, and it pales in comparison to all of the suffering I’ve just told you about. Still, I can’t help telling you that lately I’ve begun to feel deserted. I am surrounded by too great a void. I never used to give it much thought, since my mind was filled with my friends and having a good time. Now I think either about unhappy things or about myself. It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally realized that Father, no matter how kind he may be, can’t take the place of my former world."
This strong quote of Anne’s was written on Saturday, July 15th 1944. They were not actually her words, but one that she had read in a book and the words had stuck to her.
She agrees with this statement because she believes the old have people who understand them, agree with them and support their ideas. They know more about the world because they’ve been around longer. But this isn’t the same with the young. They don’t know as much about the world and are not as confident with their ideas and opinions. They are also not as able to deal with life-changing problems and events.
This is like social media, something the young are more involved with. They build their life around this and form a wall around the real world. The young may feel misunderstood or maybe they aren’t entirely sure of their opinions. But they hold them anyways and cling to them.
“Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old.”
Anne Frank wrote this to herself at the beginning of her diary before she had moved into the annex. She did this because she need someone or something to confide in. The only person she felt as though she could truly trust was herself. She needed a form of comfort, and her diary offer her this. This is important because it tells us why she wrote the diary in the first place. This shocks the reader because they are surprised to learn that, even though she portrays herself as a popular girl with lots of friends and admirers, she feels lonely and misunderstood. This is important because many people reading her diary are teenagers and may be going through the same thing as her.