By Michael Heil and Emmett Christopher
Zukunft, (Pronounced "ˈʦuːˌkʊnft") the German word for "Future," or "Futurity."
Act I, Scene I, Response II
During the beginning of the play, it shows a wore out Mr. Frank returning to his old hiding place in Amsterdam, after leaving a concentration camp due to World War II ending. In this hiding place, his family and another family both hid in a “Secret Annexe,” for 25 months, hiding from Nazis as well as their issued police the “Gestapo.” Unfortunately, their efforts, yet important to history and the teaching of World War II, failed as they were all taken to concentration camps, Mr. Frank being the only survival, and returning to this hiding place only reminds him of all the awful things that had happened. If I were in Mr. Frank’s place, I personally would’ve went as well. Mainly to thank my protector, or in this case, Miep. Another reason would be to reflect on all that happened. Not necessarily as an act of nostalgia, but maybe in an act of respect for those who didn’t make it into the end. It’s hard to put into words, but it’s sort of an act of respect for those who have died. I wouldn’t be able to stay long, since the atmosphere would feel too oppressive, but staying there for a moment or two just for reflection would seem necessary. Just to pay condolences to all that happened, and those who didn’t make it until the end.
(Recently taken picture of the warehouse and "Secret Annexe" building the Franks, Van Daans, and Mr. Dussel hid in.)
Act I, Scene II, Response 1
If it were my family and I stuck in the same situation as the Frank family, we would probably have a difficult time getting along. First of all, my dad is very talkative. He would probably go on, and on about anything to everything. You name it, he will say it; running, knitting, German, China, trees. He will know the root of part of the word in Latin, and he thinks he then knows just about everything. Like he always knows what is right, even when it’s not. The oldest of my sisters, Rowan, would be fine as long as she had something to read. If she is not reading, she is busy being obnoxious, or just plain volatile. My other sister, Josie, however, would probably not be able to keep herself together. The first one to break, I guess. She always needs attention and when she does not have it, you bet she will go to extreme lengths to get it. Other than the attention seeking, she is also extremely bossy, and entitled. If you do not do what she says she will go and tell on you. Finally, my mom, she would just moan about not getting enough vitamins from the sun and her diet. She would probably not be the first to break, but would complain a lot. They may not seem all that bad individually, or in retrospect, but trust me. All of us, collectively, is not exactly something you want to be caught up in. Even I’d probably become super aggressive and cruel, I’ll admit.
(image of bookcase that hid the "Secret Annexe.")
After spending that much time together in a close proximity to the same few people, I think the person I would find it most hard to get along with among the group of the Franks and Van Daans is Mrs. Frank. I realize that she is not pushy, and doesn't like to be confrontational, however she is very passive aggressive on her traditional values, and likes things being done a certain way. Without that order, it is not right in her eyes. At first, I feel like I would have no problem with her, but then after having her constantly push her values at me over a series of months, at end it would get to the point of me not being able to stand being near her. Sure the normal person would just change their habits, and I would think I would do just that, but I am not a traditional/religious person at all, and I despise the fact that what she uses to fuel the motivation for most of her actions was her religion or traditional standards.. Like when she interacts with Anne, she is always stating that Anne is not proper, and me having grown up with that would just not work out. Although I doubt I would even listen, it would still annoy me.
Act I, Scene III Response 2
(Picture of Edith Frank.)
I personally do not agree with Peter's ideology that people don’t need friends to be happy. I know that’s a rather bold statement to make, and technically for some people may be untrue, but it’s very hard to get along in life without people. People are always going to exist, you have to learn how to deal with them, to befriend them. Although I do understand the sentiment of being shy, or nervous around people, but people who boldly say stuff like “I don’t need people, nor do I need friends,” always seem to be more aggressive and uncooperative. You can’t just wash out people from your life. People rely on you, people can help you, there are people who will be there for you. Although that sometimes doesn’t feel like the case, people will always exist, and it’s easier to get along, and be happy with friends rather than without. For without people, all you would feel would be loneliness, which is one of the most draining feelings out there.
Act II, Scene II, Response I.
(Picture of Peter Van Daan.)
In the play when, Mr. Frank found Mr. Van Daan stealing food, he wanted to settle things quietly and without violence. His wife, Mrs. Frank, on the other hand transformed from her conserved, quiet self, into that of a burning pit of fire, to which she made offensive maneuvers even as much as requesting Mr. Van Daan be kicked out. If I were in the same situation as Mr. Frank I would act like, if not more aggressively than Mrs. Frank. That is because of the complete and utter selfishness of Mr. Van Daan’s action. Everyone in that situation would be hungry, everyone in their situation was hungry and needed food. Nobody had been eating much, and they were all malnourished. Everyone was desperate, even I would go to Mrs. Frank’s lengths, if not further. But Mr. Van Daan was the only one narcissistic enough to believe that he needed or deserved extra food. If It was me in Mrs. or Mr. Frank’s shoes, I would probably go after him, or let Mrs. Frank go after him, due to his selfish and crude actions against us as a team.
Act II, Scene III, Response I.