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The Diary of a Young Girl

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In "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl," why was Anne angry with her father?

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"Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" contains the notes that Anne made to her "Dearest Kitty" (the name she gives to her diary) when her family has no choice but to go into hiding to escape persecution as Jews in Holland during World War II. Her family stays in "The Secret Annex" with another family, and, with the help of many good people, they remain undiscovered for more than two years.  

Anne often discusses her relationships with her family. She is never able to bond with her mother or her sister, but in one of her first diary entries, prior to going into the annex, Anne describes her father as  "the most adorable father I've ever seen" (Saturday, June 20 1942). Even shortly after going into the annex, Anne mentions that, "I feel myself drifting further away from Mother and Margot" (Sunday, July 12 1942). In the same diary entry, Anne acknowledges that her father loves her dearly but she is upset that, despite this, he still "sides with Mother and Margot" on most occasions although he never stays angry for long. 

On Saturday, November 7 1942, Anne relates an incident in which her mother "scolds" her for upsetting Margot but, instead of her father trying to find out the whole story, he immediately jumps to Margot's defense and Anne feels a "gnawing ache" because of her father's behavior. She is deeply hurt. On Saturday, January 30 1943, Anne talks about how she feels angry with everyone, even her father when she is overwhelmed by their  difficult circumstances in the Annex.

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