In The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell, how do the students relate to The Diary of Anne Frank? In what ways does Miep's visit help the Freedom Writers? 

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Great question! In the book The Freedom Writers Diary, The Diary of Anne Frank and Miep Gies made a profound impact on many of the students.

Many of the students related to The Diary of Anne Frank . Although Anne Frank’s experience was quite different, many of the students...

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Great question! In the book The Freedom Writers Diary, The Diary of Anne Frank and Miep Gies made a profound impact on many of the students.

Many of the students related to The Diary of Anne Frank. Although Anne Frank’s experience was quite different, many of the students related to the oppression that Anne Frank experienced. For example, many of the students experienced racial prejudice, similar to Anne Frank. Also, many of them did not feel safe or free (such as from oppression or even drug addiction). As one student illustrated:

 “Unfortunately, Anne Frank was never free. It makes me wonder if I’ll ever be.”

After meeting Miep, many of the students were further influenced. Although the students admired Miep as a hero, Miep revealed that the students were the true “heroes.” Consequently, Miep helped the students realize their own significance and their ability to change their world. As Miep revealed:

“You are the heroes. You are heroes every day.”

Thus, The Diary of Anne Frank and Miep influenced the students. The students related with the oppression that Anne Frank confronted. Subsequently, they were inspired by Miep to view themselves as significant and as heroes.

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