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muzhdah | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 2, 2011 at 4:05 AM via web

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Describe the way Anne demonstrates the power of the human spirit to endure in the worst circumstances.

Describe the way Anne demonstrates the power of the human spirit to endure in the worst circumstances.

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thewritingteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted June 13, 2011 at 8:51 AM (Answer #2)

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To anyone living in the 21st century, Anne Frank's naivete and optimism borders on unbelievability. However, readers must remember that this diary is written by a real girl undergoing real circumstances in the middle of a real tragedy.

What we learn from Anne's journal is that human nature generally seeks to overcome its situation. Frank's optimism illustrates that happiness is not made by external circumstances, but by internal choices. She wrote in February, 1944, '''As long as this exists,' I thought, 'this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?'’’ This is after a year living in close quarters with two families in an office attic, a situation that would generally be considered intolerable.

Stories like Frank's remind readers that  human nature can rise above its circumstances, and that, when all is said and done, happiness is a choice, perseverence is healthy, and tragic circumstances do not have to destroy the spirit.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 24, 2011 at 10:41 AM (Answer #3)

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Forced to live in hiding and almost total silence until she is pulled from her abode by the Nazis, Anne Frank finds her joys in everday life, ... in her family, ... in her friends, ... in her God, ... in the sky, ... in her own words, ... even in the cat! This sentence alone indicates the "worst circumstances" and the "power of the human spirit" that you speak of!

I have never been more disturbed and fearful than when I first saw Anne's diary abruptly end.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 21, 2011 at 6:19 AM (Answer #4)

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It is difficult for us to even imagine what we would have done in similar circumstances as Anne Frank's family.  This is also in part because we have never had to.  There are countless examples in the Holocaust and World War II where people did incredibly difficult things in order to survive.  It is part of how humans are hardwired, and how we have survived as a species this long.  In Anne's case, living almost under the very nose of the Germans and occupied Holland, where they could be betrayed, discovered and deported at any moment, hiding for that long is itself an amazing act of survival.

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