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The Diary of a Young Girl

by Anne Frank

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What are Anne's dreams and wishes?

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Anne Frank was a young woman who was filled with hope.  She had many wishes and dreams for her future.  Despite the isolation and fear of living in the Annex, Anne tried to keep a positive attitude and to never give up hope.  She acknowledge the difficulty of the times she lived in.  She knew that if the Nazis discovered herself, her family, and her friends that they would be arrested or worse.  Yet she never gave up hope that she would live to see the end of the war and the defeat of Nazism.  She longed for peace.

One of Anne's dreams was to someday be a famous professional writer or journalist.  She hoped to one day achieve one of these goals.  Anne thought of publishing a book on her experiences in the Annex when the war was over.  Anne wanted a career when she grew up.  She did not want to live like other women:

I can't imagine having to live like Mother, Mrs. van Pels, and all the women who go about their work and are then forgotten.  I need to have something besides a husband and children to devote myself to! (Anne Frank:  The Diary of a Young Girl).

Sometimes Anne's dreams and wishes changed.  At one point, she wanted to go to Hollywood.  She even wrote a short story about it.  One central wish that never changed was that she always believed in the goodness of people:

It's difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.

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