By Emma Behunin: Kathleen Cawley: and Melissa Cain:
Anne Frank Diary
In this scene, Mr. Van Daan steals food from the food safe. Everyone is surprised and angry, but Mrs. Frank is just furious. If I were in this same situation I would act the same way she did. Mr. Van Daan stole from starving children. Being hungry is no excuse. Mrs. Frank lashes out on Mr. Van Daan, but later in the scene is sorry for it. I would not be sorry for the things that I said, because they needed to be said. If I were in this situation, and someone were to steal food, I would act like Mrs. Frank did.
April 29, 1943
I think that I would be able to be a protector like Miep and Mr. Kraler. Regardless of the consequences, I still think I could do it. At this time, there were way too many bystanders. I would feel like I have to help. If I didn’t do something to make a difference at the time, I would feel ashamed of myself afterward when everything went wrong. Even though there was a chance of suffering the same fate as the Jews, it’s a risk that had to be taken to make the difference that needed to be made.
June 7, 1943
When Peter and Anne are talking, he tells her that he doesn’t need friends, but I don’t think that is true. Even though some people are naturally introverted, it is still essential for humans to interact with each other. Though he said that he didn’t want friends, I think that he meant that he liked being alone. However, people are social creatures and they need to talk to each other. Friends are an important part of everyone’s life.
August 21, 1943
Out of all of the people hiding, the person I would find hardest to get along with is Mr. Van Daan. This is because he is hard-headed and rude. He always yells at Anne and Peter for doing anything wrong. He does not realize that he is impolite and he is self-centered. When Mr. Frank asks if Mr. Dussel can come stay, Mr. Van Daan says, “ there’s so little food as it is...and to take in another person.” This shows that he is only thinking about the food and himself rather than the person that needs help. All of these things would bother me and I would hate living with Mr. Van Daan for these reasons.
September 13, 1943
My favorite family celebration is Christmas. We always have lots of family over, a big meal, and we open gifts. If my family was in hiding like the Franks, we would not be able to do any of these things. There would be no gifts, because there would be no money to buy them with. There would be no extravagant meal, because we would be stuck with whatever the ration books could get us. And, there would be no extended family coming over to celebrate with us, for they would be in hiding too. If we were in hiding like the Franks, Christmas would be very different. We would still rejoice, and sing Christmas songs, but we would not be able to carry out some of our favorite Christmas traditions.
October 1, 1943
If I was in the same situation that Mr. Frank was, I would never return. For me personally, it would bring back memories of terror, and suffering, that I would have liked to have forgotten. If I had spent 25 months there, sick, hungry, and frightened, I would never return, and I would try to forget all that had happened there. In the text, it says that when Mr. Frank saw a woman’s white glove, he started to cry. The glove brought back memories of things he wished had not happened. If I was in the same situation as Mr. Frank, I would never return to the place where my family had suffered.
December 26, 1943
Like Mr. Frank I would return to my former hiding space. Most would side not to due to the bad memories, and the remaining belongings to the family members. I would choose to go back though to reminisce on the memories, they may not be good ones, but they are the last ones that were spent with the family. I would want the belongings as something to remember them by. In the scene Mr. Frank breaks down from the overwhelming feeling of his lost ones, but living in denial would have caused him to break down much worst in years to come. Going back as soon as possible is the best choice, so you can face the facts of what happened and make your peace, instead of never going back and regretting it. In Scene One pg.778 Mr. Frank says “I’ve come to say good-bye… I’m leaving here, Miep.” this shows that after seeing what was left he was going to leave in peace. That is what is best making your peace then getting away to start a new life.
January 17, 1944
As Anne Matures she changes what she wants to be. When I think back I can remember many things I have wanted to be from a vet all the way to an architect. As I’m getting ready to go into highschool I have two careers in mind a preschool teacher or a psychologist, and to do these I need goals. My goals are to go to Westchester College they have some of the best teaching classes. As I mature more just like Anne my goals may change due to my changing of interests. I have a feeling mine will not change for a long time I have been thinking about this, and I took my own traits and hobbies, spoke to some adults in my life, and narrowed this down. Anne had wanted to be a famous singer/dancer, but soon changed her mind to something she loved even more a writer. She figured what is best for her like I did for myself.
March 2, 1944
The last quote Mr. Frank reads from Anne’s diary was ‘In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” This shows how after all that they went through, all the bad that has been done Anne still believes they generally were good. She believed that what was being done, the people thought it was good, and was only doing what they thought was best. This shows so much about Anne and how she sees the light in all the dark situations. Most would be completely mad and hateful towards the people fighting with Hitler, but Anne saw how he thought it was right, and in that to him it was good. Not many people have this trait, but Anne did, and quit frankly i don’t think they would have lasted as long as they did without Anne and her good natured spirit. Anne’s story is so well known due to her outlook, and her positive outlook on the war.