How did the diary help Anne overcome her loneliness in Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl?

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The diary helped Anne overcome her loneliness because she had someone to talk to, even when she could not comfortable talking to real people.

As a teenager, Anne is naturally self-conscious.  As a Jew in hiding, she is in close quarters with her entire family and another one.  Her father gave her the diary so that she would have an outlet for her emotions.  She was excited about the diary because she wanted to be a writer.

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. (June 12, 1942)

Anne decides to call her diary Kitty, and write to it as a special friend.  Even though there are other people hiding with her, she still feels lonely.  She does not have any other friends there, and the only girl is her older sister Margot.  The diary made her feel like she could pour her heart out to someone without being judged.


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