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Themes in the Diary of Anne Frank

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Transcript of Themes in the Diary of Anne Frank

Theme #1:
Isolation
Themes in the Diary of Anne Frank
by, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Prezi done by Wiley Grantham

Theme #2:
Youth

Anne records the experiences of her adolescence in her diary. She goes through all the typical trials and tribulations of teen life, despite the fact that she is not living in a normal context. She fights with her mother and sister, believes that nobody understands her, thinks that she is the one everybody picks on, fantasizes about boys she’s known in the past, and falls in love head over heels with somebody she should probably leave alone. She’s just like all of us, even if she is hiding from the Nazis during the years she is growing up.
Theme #3
Identity
In Diary of A Young Girl Anne Frank describes the complicated movements of her identity during her time in hiding. Trapped in the Secret Annex, Anne explores her identity as daughter, lover, sister, friend, war reporter, philosopher, historian, religious scholar, student, and writer, just to name a few aspects. Anne identifies herself as Jewish, in terms of her cultural heritage, and, to some degree, her religion. Like Gypsies, Jehovah Witnesses, gay people, and others considered different, Anne, as a Jew, is considered by the Nazi regime to belong to a “race” that not deserve to exist. The tension between this and the personal identity Anne is trying to develop, drives her account.
"You could not do this and you could not do that. They forced Father out of his business. We had to werr yellow stars. I had to turn in my bike. I couldn't go to a Dutch school any more. I couldn't got o the movies, or ride in an automobile,or even in a streetcar, and a million other things."
Act I, Scene 1; Lines 97-103
In the play, The Diary of Anne Frank, there are many themes that are in this suspenseful and heart-melting story. I chose three themes that I thought stood out in this wonderful story...I also hope that you will agree that these theme stand out.

P.S. I also put some quotes from Anne's actual diary because they show many examples in her diary about theme.
The Diary of Anne Frank
by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Anne feels isolated and cut off from her family and the other members of the Secret Annex, even while the group is crammed together in shared isolation from the world. The divide between the "inner world" of the Secret Annex and the "outer world" of Holland is mirrored in the divide between Anne’s "inner world" and the "outer world" of the Secret Annex.
Here is a short biography on Anne Frank: Enjoy!!!

Anne explains to Peter that she imagines herself being outside and in the wonderful world of nature,so that her being cooped up inside doesn't make her distraught anymore.
Explanation of this quote:
"I'm a terrible coward, I'm so disapointed in myself. I think I've conquered my fear... I think I'm really grown-up... and then something happens... and I run to you like a baby... I love you, Father. I don't love anyone but you."
Act I, Scene 4; Lines 1577- 1581
The trials and tribulations of adolescence are well under way, only they are perhaps exacerbated because nobody can get away from anybody else.
Explanation of Quote:
These are just a few examples of how Nazi policies imposed an identity on Jewish people. They were identified as separate, different, and less than human. Anne doesn’t seem to believe any of this about herself or other Jewish people, but she is forced to live it. This imposed identity contributes to Anne’s later identity as a fearful person, living on the brink of disaster.
Explanation of Quote:
"You know what I do when it seems as if I couldn't stand being cooped up for one more minute? I think myself out. I think myself out. I think myself on a walk with Pim. Where the jonquils and crocuses grow with a towering bloom."
Act II, Scene 4; Lines 1205-1210
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