The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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From what point of view is The Diary of a Young Girl written?

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The Diary of a Young Girl (also entitled The Diary of Anne Frank) is written from the first-person point of view in diary format by Anne Frank, a young girl in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

In a written work, the first-person point of view can be a valuable way to connect a narrative with readers, as this point of view provides an immediate relationship to the events and people that are described.

The events described in Anne’s diary inform readers what it was like to be a child during World War II and the Holocaust, what it felt like to be persecuted for one’s identity and to live in an almost constant state of anxiety.

Anne wrote her thoughts as letter and notes addressed to “Dearest Kitty,” which indicated her need for a friend to whom she could relate the events of the war and the conditions of her life in hiding. Throughout the diary, she relates in vivid detail the events that brought her family into hiding, the difficulties they encountered, and the tensions and fears they felt.

The first entry of the diary dated June 12, 1942, makes Anne’s wishes clear:

I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.

At the time of her writing, Anne sought a way to express herself and to record her experiences in what she called “Stories and Events from the Annex.” As a published work, this entry with its first-person point of view and strong opening statement beginning with “I hope” delivers an immediate impact on the reader

First-person narratives such as Night by Elie Wiesel and The Diary of a Young Girl keep the events of the Holocaust in public memory and teaches readers (and young readers in particular) that history happened to real and relatable people.

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