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What is the climax of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl?

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yellek | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted May 5, 2012 at 12:21 AM via web

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What is the climax of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:49 AM (Answer #1)

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Since Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is a diary and not a novel, there are more than one climax in this book. An American poet, John Berryman, writes that this work is "the conversion of a child into a person." Having entered the annex in order to hide with her family, Anne Frank comes as a thirteen-year-old and is taken from her diary, her friend named "Kitty," as a fifteen-year-old. During this period of her life, Anne experiences many climaxes, or points of high emotional intensity.

Certainly, Anne's involvement with Peter Van Daan has its moments of crisis, but more than these moments, it is the threat to life that hangs over the occupants of the Annex. And, when the threat becomes very strong, the occupants experience points of high emotion, or climax. For instance, the burglary into the workers' area is frightening. Then, too, is Anne's entry of May 25, 1944, in which she describes the loss of their vegetable man,

...This morning our vegetable man was picked up for having two Jews in his house.  It is a great blow to us, not only that those poor Jews are balancing on the edge of an abyss, but its terrible for the man himself.

Always the fear of discovery hovers over Anne and the others. In her entry of May 26, 1944, Anne writes,

I feel so miserable.  I haven't felt like this for months even after the burglary I didn't feel so utterly broken. On the one hand, the vegetable man, the Jewish question, which is being discussed minutely over the whole house, the invasion delay, the bad food, the strain, the miserable atmosphere, my disappointment in Peter, and on the other hand, Elli's engagement....

Certainly, D-Day is climactic as Anne and the others hope for the end of the War. Anne writes in her diary,

Oh, Kitty, the best part of the invasion is that I have the feeling that friends are approaching. We have been oppressed by those terrible Germans for so long, they have had their knives so at our throats, that the thought of friends and delivery fills us with confidence!

This entry is especially poignant in light of the tragic end to which the Franks come. 

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