At the end of Scene One, Anne mentions several restrictions placed on the Jewish people. These restrictions included not being able to ride your bike, you couldn’t go to a normal school, you couldn’t go to the movies, you couldn’t ride in a car, and so on. If I was told to live under these types of restrictions, I would be very angry. I would try to protest, even if it meant getting myself killed in the process. What is life without freedom? If I couldn’t even simply ride in an automobile because it might be a means of escape, I would definitely try to do something about it. Going to the movies with my friends is also an activity that I enjoy, as well as riding my bike with my family on weekends. If these conveniences were taken away from me, I would surely protest. It is just as well for being sent to a private Jewish school. I love where I go to school; there are excellent programs to help fund my knowledge and boost my passion for what I love. Many private schools don’t have all the programs my school does, and I am so fortunate to be going here. If the Nazis took this opportunity away from me I would have to protest by still going to the same school. I would do everything they don’t want me to do if it means getting my freedom back. I won’t stand for someone taking control of my life and taking it away.
Why are we Restricted?
Act 1: Scene 1
Driving eachother Crazy
Act 1: Scene 2
In Scene Two, two families that are complete strangers are forced to move into hiding with each other. If my family and I had to endure this, we would probably have a tough time. People drive me and the members of my family crazy frequently; I’m not sure why. It probably has something to do with our gene pool! I know that I cannot be stuck somewhere for long periods of time; I will eventually get bored and go insane. How I would deal with it would be to divide up the living spaces evenly and make sure that everyone is doing what they are supposed to do; not be bugging other people in the same room. If it is meant to be quiet time, I would enforce that it stays quiet time so we don’t get in trouble or annoy each other.
Act 1: Scene 3
Now that the families have been in hiding together for a while, they are beginning to annoy one another. If I was in hiding with my family, the person I would quarrel the most with would be my mother, and the person I would get along with the most would be my father. My mom and I share very different opinions on a lot of things. We can get along fine sometimes, but we will clash often on subjects such as school, religion, politics, leisure activities, and so on. Anne’s relationship with her mother is a bit rocky too; though she doesn’t actually love her mom, and her mom is not good at helping with emotional situations. My mother and I are the opposite; she is good at handling emotional situations, and I am good at handling physical ones.
My dad, on the other hand, is just like me. He tells me often that if he was a girl at my age, he would be exactly like me. We share a lot of the same interests and passions, such as reading, writing, music (my dad doesn’t play anything; he just loves listening to music), art (he also is not a good artist; he just loves going to the art museum with me!), and even some television shows that I enjoy. At one point he was even planning a trip to Washington D.C. for just the two of us; we would go to the art and history museums. We both just find the same things interesting and share the same opinions on many subjects. Just like Anne and her father, I tend to go to my dad when I am upset or feeling stressed. I know he will make me feel better by telling me a funny story, or having a fun conversation on the topic of something I love.
At the end of Scene Four, Anne mentions several things that each person is longing to do again. If I was in hiding like Anne, I would miss many outdoor activities. Though I certainly do not appreciate being sent outside when I would rather read my book, I know that once the opportunity was gone I would miss it terribly. Going on bike rides with my friends is so much fun when I really think about it. You can just feel so free, the opposite of what being confined in a small living space like the one the Franks and the Van Daans were in. I know that if I was stuck somewhere for a long time, the freedom of outdoor activities and going for bike rides would be the things I missed the most.
Act 1: Scene 4
ACT 2: SCENE 4
During scene four, the phone in the building that the Jews were hiding in began to ring. Some were telling Mr. Frank to answer the phone, even if he said nothing and just listened. But others told Mr. Frank to ignore the phone and not risk being discovered. If Mr. Frank had answered the phone and just listened to the other side, the situation could have gone good or bad. Miep could have been on the other end about to warn them of the Gestapo. Or the Gestapo could have been on the other end waiting to see if anyone was inside the building. But if Mr. Frank decided not to answer the phone, the situation could have also gone good or bad. The Gestapo could have been on the other line and assumed no one was there because no one answered the phone. Or Miep could have not gotten the chance to warn them of the Gestapo waiting to capture them. I’m not sure if Mr. Frank made the right decision. There could have been four different outcomes either way. I don’t know what I would have done. I feel like if I was put in the situation that fear would have clouded my mind and made it so I could not think straight.
ACT 2: SCENE 5
After reading this play, I feel that students need to read this story and learn about Anne Frank and the struggles she and her family and friends went through. Think of the situation that Anne was put in. At the young age of 13, she and her family had to go into hiding with four other complete strangers because they were Jews. And if they were found out, they would be sent to concentration camp to die. Now think of her attitude throughout the entire play. She could have been angry and depressed and lonely and so many other things.
But was she? No. She was always positive even through the hard times and she always looked for the bright side of things. Not many adults can even be that mature and she was only 13. It is important for students to know of Anne Frank because they need to know that even when things can get bad, there are people who will see the good in others. And that is exactly what Anne Frank did. Despite the fact that people were trying to kill her for who she was.
In the end of the story, Mr. Frank reads a quote from Anne’s diary. It says, “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” Just this one, short sentence reveals so much of Anne’s character. Anne was forced to hide in a small attack with people she barely knew with the thought of being found hanging over her head. She could never go outside, see her friends, eat a decent meal, or even talk in a normal volume. At any moment she could have been found and killed. After being put through all of this, she still believed that people were good at heart. Even though in the end her and most of her family were killed. This reveals how positive and optimistic she is. I mean, if I was put into this situation, I would be angry at someone. Or hurt or sad. But she could only see the good in people and that is just amazing. This quote is important to her character because it showed how she looked past the bad in people, found the good and focused on it.