One theme of the diary is that everyone needs someone to share life's experiences with.How does Anne's relationship with Peter illustrate this theme?  How does her relationship with her diary...

One theme of the diary is that everyone needs someone to share life's experiences with.

How does Anne's relationship with Peter illustrate this theme?  How does her relationship with her diary illustrate this theme

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Solidarity and connection is a resoundingly powerful theme in The Diary of Anne Frank.  Even in the most horrific of circumstances, there is a need for human beings to exerpience connection and emotional bonding with others.  The relationship between Anne and Peter is very typical of adolescents, who at first possess dislike towards one another, but over time develop close connections in recognizing their similiarities and the humanity in the other.  Certainly, their adolescent relationship, set amidst the challenging set of circumstances, possesses even more importance because both are unsure of the future.  Such need is also evident in Anne's relationship with her diary, Kitty.  The need to be able to have a source where one can voice the joys and pains of daily life is critical.  Anne's relationship with her diary represents a level of sanctuary in a world devoid of it.  As she writes in her diary, the entries become more profound and more aware of self, which is again another theme of adolescence.  The relationship that Anne shares with the diary is one where she finds a haven in a heartless world.

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