The Metamorphosis Of Anne In The Diary Of Anne Frank

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The Metamorphosis of Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank 

 
    A young girl, Anneliese Marie Frank, receives an empty jar of a diary for her thirteenth birthday, amidst much political strife in her new home country of Netherlands. As a German-born Jew in hiding, Anne will eventually fill her diary with over 2 years of experiences of the Secret Annex. Initially, she makes use of her newfound outlet to exhibit her growing interest to become a writer. The diary, for Anne, acts as her personal confidante before her family goes into hiding, and becomes even more valued to her during their ordeal. Eventually, in 1944, Anne will hear of an opportunity for her work to be published after the war, and sets out to revise her entries. Despite this, it does not take away from the appeal for readers of her diary. The audience, as it were, is attracted to the prospect of experiencing the life and times of a person: young, female, Jewish and in hiding. As a diary, there is no foreshadowing in its content, and although in context we understand the inevitable end, we suspend our disbelief to immerse ourselves in the story. The narrative voices of her diary, come with several different identities too. As "Anne", herself, complete with her own feelings of awkwardness and insecurity; "Anne", the girl who ponders and philosophizes; and "Kitty", creating an identity for her diary to lay the basis for a relationship for herself. Between the duality of her personality, and the perspective of her "diary", Anne Frank demonstrates a process in realizing her own maturity as a writer.

 

Living in the confinement of the Annex imposes a cruel circumstance upon Anne at a critical time in her life. As an emerging teenager, dealing with the complexities and awkwardness of change, she is in the process of attempting to carve out an identity for herself. She describes how she, "get[s] cross, then sad, and finally end up turning my heart inside out, the bad part on the outside and the good part on the inside, and keep trying to find a way to become what I'd like to be and what I could be if . . . if only there were no people in the world," in order to expand on her own personal duality she realizes in herself (332). In the context of the war around her, symbolized to her by "dark mass of clouds" which surround and encircle her, she attempts to grasp at her place in the encompassing conflict in Europe and the world as a whole. As she matures as an individual and a writer, she gradually writes more on existentialist concepts of her place in the outside world and the war. This all stands in stark contrast to the Anne that began her life in the Annex still grasping for her own sense of self. The quotation is fitting in demonstrating the manner in which she has come to terms with herself and her change from the innocent and somewhat petty child she once deemed herself to be. Where once she filled her entries with musings on the...

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