The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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How does the novel deal with the theme of fear? Is fear important in the lives of Anne and other characters? How do they deal with it? Choose three characters as part of your analysis with specific...

How does the novel deal with the theme of fear? Is fear important in the lives of Anne and other characters? How do they deal with it? Choose three characters as part of your analysis with specific examples from the novel.

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The Diary of a Young Girl is told from the perspective of Anne Frank, a Dutch girl who went into hiding with her Jewish family (and a handful of other people) during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

During two years of hiding in the annex, several events occur that incite fear and anxiety in the characters. It is important to note that we, as readers, learn about that fear only through Anne's descriptions: we cannot know how other characters experienced the same events. Everything is filtered through Anne, and she has closer and more sympathetic relationships with some characters (like her father, and, later in the diary, Peter) than she does with others (like her mother, which whom she does not have much in common.)

Let us look at some examples of terrifying events in the text and how three characters (Anne, her father, Otto, Peter, and Mr. van Daan) react to them:

MONDAY, JULY 26, 1943

A big fire like that is not a pleasant sight, but fortunately for us it was all over, and we...

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