In the play The Diary Of Anne Frank, how did Peter have an impact on Anne's life? 

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In the 1955 dramatic adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Anne and Peter’s relationship evolves over the course of the play.

Early in the play, Anne and Peter have a relationship like brother and sister, innocently teasing and playing with each other...

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In the 1955 dramatic adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Anne and Peter’s relationship evolves over the course of the play.

Early in the play, Anne and Peter have a relationship like brother and sister, innocently teasing and playing with each other in a comfortable, familiar way. Before moving into the attic hiding space, Peter knew of Anne from school, but he was quiet and reserved, a “lone wolf,” while Anne was more popular and outgoing. A hint that their relationship may start to change is Anne’s Christmas gift to Peter, a razor. This gift shows she is starting to notice him becoming a man. The gift is also special in that it is one of the only items that she did not make or repurpose, but had Miep buy.

Anne and Peter grow closer in act two when they share more intimate feelings with each other about their frustrations about living in the claustrophobic attic. They become each other’s confidantes. Anne confesses that she used to think Peter was “a nothing,” but now she even wants to share her diary with him because “there are so many things in it that I want to talk over with you.” This shows the growing trust Anne has for Peter.

Peter serves an important role for Anne, as an emerging romantic interest but, more importantly, as a trusted friend.

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