In The Diary Of Anne Frank, how do Anne and Mr. Van Daan compare and contrast?

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Anne Frank is a pre-adolescent girl. Putti Van Daan is a middle-aged man. Both people are Dutch, and they are among those sharing the attic hiding space. Even though it is Anne’s private diary and she writes honestly about herself, the reader can see that her criticisms indicate her innate fairness. Anne comes across as fundamentally generous and kind; she always tries to see the other person’s perspective, although she does not always succeed. Anne extends herself to be a good friend to Peter but otherwise tries to refrain from giving the other family advice. Mr. Van Daan seems to be self-centered and devious; Anne finds it appalling that he was stealing food and lied about it. He shows little compassion, even for his own son, threatening to kill Peter’s cat. He also offers his opinion about the Frank family, even when not asked for it, and frequently criticizes Anne in particular. In short, although he is the grown-up, he often does not act like one.

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There are several similarities and differences between Anne and Mr. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank.

Both characters are outspoken and opinionated. Mr. Van Daan is not afraid to speak up and express what he thinks, even if it causes friction between him and the other people living in the attic. Anne is similar in the sense that she feels free to explain her opinions of others and comes across as being mean. However, unlike Mr. Van Daan, Anne does not try to be mean to others, but struggles not to. Also, both characters are very intelligent and confident in what they do. Mr. Van Daan is a smart and successful business man. On the other hand, Anne strives to be a writer. She enjoys studying, writing, and keeping up with the war news. Both of them are inconsistent with their emotions. Mr. Van Daan is very temperamental, especially towards his wife. Anne is also moody and very sensitive.

These two are interesting characters and at first glance, it does not seem like they would have a lot of similarities, but it seems they do!

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