Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl traces Anne Frank's journey of discovery of herself and her part in the world, despite being in the Secret Annex for two years. She maintains that "As long as this exists ... this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?" (February 23 1944) Her youthful idealism and vision for a future after the war, which she will unfortunately never experience, sustain her through the most difficult times. She feels that everyone plays a part in peace and in war and individuals have power within themselves to effect change. Anne remembers, "the arrival of the Germans, which is when the trouble started for the Jews."(June 20 1942)
On May 3 1944, Anne reflects on the futility of war and the fact that "I don't believe the war is simply the work of politicians and capitalists." Anne believes that the "common man" is just as guilty due to "a destructive urge in people, the urge to rage, murder and kill." She does however retain her optimism and looks forward to leading "a different life from other girls, and not to become an ordinary housewife."