In Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, what were some hobbies and interests Anne developed after going into hiding?

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In addition to writing in her diary and writing stories, Anne was interested in the English Royal Family. While in the annex, she often listened to Dutch broadcasts from London about members of the Royal Family. She also enjoyed reading fiction and other books, especially Greek and Roman mythology. Even while hiding in the annex, she followed the latest movie stars, and Bep, one of the Dutch people who helped to hide the Frank family, told her about the latest movies. Anne kept a collection of movie star pictures on her wall. She also helped her father, Otto Frank, work on their family tree, and she studied French and other subjects. One activity she hated while in the annex was doing any kind of housework, which she tried to avoid. Before going into hiding, Anne was a very social person and spent a great deal of time with her friends. While in hiding, she became more solitary by necessity and spent a great deal of time reading, writing, and petting the cat in the annex. She eventually formed a friendship with Peter, another resident of the annex. 

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Of course, the diary itself is Anne's main hobby. She keeps it throughout the period in hiding, editing it frequently (especially in 1944) with the hope of publishing it after the war is over. She also writes a few stories and poems, but her diary is her main form of amusement while in hiding. She reads everything she can get her hands on, including books intended for adults. This is a frequent issue between her and her parents, especially her mother, who does not believe she should be reading books intended for grown-ups. At various points throughout the diary, Anne mentions that she is studying French and math, which she hates, with her father. Above all, though, Anne amuses herself through observing the behavior of the others in the annex and by fantasizing about life after the war, when she will be free. She also devotes much of her time to thinking about Peter. This, of course, is one of the most poignant aspects of the diary; the reader knows that her aspirations and her fantasies will be cut short when she dies in a concentration camp.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Anne has discovered a talent for writing--fiction, stories, fantasies about Peter and what their lives might be like once they return to the outside world, and perhaps most importantly, her self-reflections (diary).  She also reads quite a bit and daydreams.  All the hobbies and interests the people in hiding engaged in had to be quiet as noise would call attention to their hiding spot.

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