What is the theme of the book "Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl?'

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davmor1973 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the themes of Anne Frank's diary is the loneliness and isolation of adolescence. Being a young adult can be hard at times, but it's harder still if you're forced to live in such a tense, claustrophobic environment like Anne. Anne is growing up very quickly, but there is really no one around with whom she can share her experiences. She's not particularly close to Margot; her relationship with her mother is fraught, to say the least; she completely adores her father, but there are certain things that she can't really share with him. So she remains alone. And her feelings of loneliness and isolation are compounded by the fact that no one truly understands her. Anne is very mature for her age, full of complex thoughts and feelings and it's so incredibly frustrating for her not to be able to share them with others. Peter van Daan briefly fills the role of confidant, but ultimately his intellectual inferiority and relative lack of maturity count against him.

ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are several themes in the novel "Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl."  One of the themes is the sacrifice of one human being for another.  The act of hiding people at the risk of your own life and giving of your food, living space, and friendship to spare the lives of people around you.

"An underlying theme of Anne's account is man's inhumanity to man. Simply because of her religious beliefs, Anne is confined and lives in constant fear of death. Eventually, she does die, along with over six million other Jews during World War II."

Yet another theme is what happens to people when they are imprisoned.  How do they change?  What happens to people when they try to live, as the Franks did, for two years in a small area with little food, space, entertainment, and no freedom?

jamesdlol3 | Student


One of the themes is the sacrifice of one human being for another.          

The act of hiding people at the risk of your own life and giving of your food is another type of theme.

Another is when you are in one living space, and friendship to spare the lives of people around you.

Yet another theme is what happens to people when they are imprisoned. 


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