Anne's conflict with her motherAnne wrote her diary in a difficult period of time for her: adolescance. She repidedly fightds with her mother. How do otherpeople react to this? Is it just teenage...

Anne's conflict with her mother

Anne wrote her diary in a difficult period of time for her: adolescance. She repidedly fightds with her mother. How do otherpeople react to this? Is it just teenage fights? Troughout her diary, she shows unexpected maturity and intelligence, however, not many people reconize this in the diary. Is it jealousy? Or can they just not see it? 

Fights: how do they end? How do they start?

What do others do? Worsen? Nothing? Improve the situation?

Do they approve, disapprove? In what ways, how do they show this?

Do they intervene in the conflict? Which side do they take?

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lhc eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In many ways, Margot was the classic first-born child, and Anne was the textbook second child/baby of the family.  Margot, of course, being older, had a chance to mature, and probably had a greater understanding of the sober nature of the family's situation than Anne had.  Anne, being the second child, may have tended to be a little ornery anyway, was certainly full of energy and ideas, and then, as she began menstruating, was no doubt full of hormones as well.  Teens tend also to be in a remarkably self-centered phase of their lives, and Anne was no different.   Being locked up with her in a survival situation was probably no picnic for anyone in the apartment!  Another thing that probably made Anne annoying was that she was a smart young lady, and a keen observer of human behavior.  Nothing escaped her notice, or her diary, and for the people around her, that might have gotten old after awhile, knowing that they were probably the subject of her written musings. 

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Margot, Anne's sister seemingly was easier to adapt to the new situation in hiding than Anne was, hence, Anne's need to vent it all out using her diary.  Her mom Edith has of course to put up with a family, neighbors, the fear of the Nazi's hearing them, and on top, two growing daughters in a life or death situation. Most of the arguments occurred because of Anne's own problems adapting to life in there (though I do not blame her either). It was mostly beakering, not quite fighting.

People never took Anne's side because Margot was sort of the star child. Anne sort of resented that as well.

anthonda49 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I almost got the impression that Anne was jealous of her mother being the center of her father's attention. The "daddy's girl" syndrome seemed to fit Anne well. I actually felt sorry for her mother as Anne seemed overly sensitive to everything her mother had to say about her.

mollymoo | Student

i think anne was just going through that typical puberty painful stage in her life. she grew within herself, she loved her mum but didn't like her as a person.

mlguillet | Student

I gained some insight into Mrs. Frank from Miep Gies in the documentary produced by Kenneth Branagh. I agree with the insights into the relationship that have been provided so far. In addition, Miep's words made it clear to me that Mrs. Frqnk suffered froma type of clinical anxiety that obviously would have been heightened to extremes due to the circumstances. Miep talked about crying episodes that were hidden from the children.

The same documentary produced family friends who painted the two parents of Anne as having very different styles. Mrs. Frank wanted to be strict while Mr. Frank wanted to indulge his youngest.

epollock | Student

I can't imagine living in an attack for as long as she did, especially with the people that she was also hiding with.  The conflict, regardless of how they turned out, added a touch of humanity in an incredible situation. I don't know if you could characterize it as fighting, it's just something that a normal girl her age would go through, but under a more incredibly stressful situation. 

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