How does the fact that Anne tries to maintain a positive attitude in the secret Annexe affect the way the readers view her?

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This is a very interesting question.  I think that her overall sense of positivism and courage underscores human beings' capacity to endure and suffer through challenging times with the hope of eventually triumphing over them.  Her desire to maintain a sense of strength and positive energy in the most bleak...

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This is a very interesting question.  I think that her overall sense of positivism and courage underscores human beings' capacity to endure and suffer through challenging times with the hope of eventually triumphing over them.  Her desire to maintain a sense of strength and positive energy in the most bleak of circumstances allows the reader to gain a level of respect for her which is almost unparalleled in other literature.  The reader has little choice but to concede Anne's strength, and the millions of others to whose predicament she gives voice through her diary.  It is not that she is excessively positive and resembles a partisan cheerleader.  She is honest, sometimes brutally so.  Yet, her toughness and unwillingness to lose her faith in the beautiful aspects of consciousness and her desire to resist the overwhelming social conditions of the time period become moments where we, as the readers, must ask if we would demonstrate the same level of courage in that predicament.  In recognizing Anne's attributes, we hope to develop the same in ourselves.  In this sense, the reader is affected by Anne in the same way as a mirror would hold an impact.

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