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sahildhama56 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM via web

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Describe the relationship between Anne and her mother, as evident from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM (Answer #2)

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Anne Frank, from her diary, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is revealed as a headstrong girl, enthusiastic and with a positive outlook. However, she is largely misunderstood, especially by her mother who Anne feels blames her for everything.  

Anne can sense her growing distance from her mother and Margot "and yet every day I feel myself drifting further away from Mother and Margot." She feels as if "I don't fit in with them" (Sunday July 12 1942). Anne and her mother have a different opinion of everything to the point of being "alien to me." (Sunday September 27 1942). Anne feels that "she is not a mother to me - I have to mother myself." (Saturday November 7 1942)

Anne does come to an understanding of her mother when, on one occasion her mother offers to say prayers with her as her father is not able to but Anne rejects her and 

her face contorted with pain, and she said, "I don't want to be angry with you. I can't make you love me!" A few tears slid down her cheeks as she went out the door.

At the same time, Anne has suffered from her mother's cruel words and feels she must be honest even though she knows how it saddens her mother and,in fact, her father. She feels that she must be truthful and that, in time, her mother will realise the part she played. Anne therefore remains "silent and aloof." 

Just as my heart sinks every time I hear her harsh words, that's how her heart sank when she realized there was no more love between us. (Friday August 2 1943)

The example that her mother sets concerns Anne and she will always love her father and tolerate her mother. She even calls her mother "Momsy" or "Moms"  (Friday December 24 1943) sometimes as she feels the name "mom" should be reserved for a mother who understands.  Anne does come to a realization that she has been very hard on her mother and she has realized that her mother makes fun of her as a friend might, never being protective as a mother should. However, "the period of tearfully passing judgment on Mother is over." (Sunday January 2 1944)

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flyingtanu | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM (Answer #1)

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anne and mother had a tentative relationship. they both had some misunderstanding between them and were not able to confide in each other . mother loved anne very much and anne also loved her mother but mood swings and misunderstanding made matter worse.

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