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How did Anne Frank describe herself in The Diary of a Young Girl?

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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...

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