Anne describes herself early in the diary as somewhat superficial. She says that she has few true friends because she cannot bring herself to talk about serious things with any of them. This, in fact, is why she says she's keeping the diary. She acknowledges that she sometimes talks too...
Anne describes herself early in the diary as somewhat superficial. She says that she has few true friends because she cannot bring herself to talk about serious things with any of them. This, in fact, is why she says she's keeping the diary. She acknowledges that she sometimes talks too much, recording early in the diary that she had to do a writing assignment on being a "chatterbox."
She also describes herself as a person who needs to be loved, especially by her parents (and by her father in particular). She says throughout the diary, especially as time advances, that she feels misunderstood by the adults, and she once writes that she feels the "reproaches" of her mother and Mrs. Van Daan. It is clear from her account that her outgoing nature runs afoul of what the adults view as ideal womanhood, and Anne repeatedly makes it clear that this leads to personal conflict. She writes, after one of many battles with her mother, that she is "stuck with the character I was born with, and yet I'm sure I'm not a bad person."
As time goes on, Anne is changed, both through a natural maturation process and by the strain of war and of living in hiding for so long. She observes that she is "strong" and that she "can carry most burdens alone." She also begins to describe her ambitions to her diary, particularly her desire to become a journalist or some other kind of writer. She soon comes to a different realization about her parents's treatment of her, claiming that she has been "spoiled rotten" by them. She also draws a distinction between her "carefree" exterior and a more "serious" inner self that she fears is not understood by others.
Overall, she characterizes herself as highly self-aware and complex, even if she is always convinced her friends and family do not recognize it.