The Diary of Anne Frank

by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett

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What is the universal theme of The Diary Of Anne Frank?

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One interpretation of the universal theme in 'The Diary Of Ann Frank' is the way her book survives forever as a lasting testament to the idea of 'Good.' Yes, evil was seen to win out against Ann's family and thousands of others throughout the world in the short term, but Ann was blessed also to see good done in her short lifetime - sacrifice,risk,offering refuge,moral support and kindness. Sadly, in the end these small and great acts of bravery weren't enough to save her but they happened and shine out as beacons forever in the fight against power corruption and evil. This is important because humankind needs the concept and emotion of 'Hope.' Without it, we would be consumed in a whirlpool of despair and never have the courage to stand up against tyrants. In the end, evil always hurts it's perpetrators as they are like scorpions boxed into a corner and stinging themselves to death - they damage their own personalities/souls. Ann's diary as a testament to the power of good versus evil in terms of infinity,not just the short-term of a life-span, stands out in it's incorrigible and bright presentation of the truth of the good that is in humankind.

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Many themes are presented in The Diary of Anne Frank. A couple universal themes include suffering, coming of age, and identity. Like anyone, Anne endures suffering, though a little more harshly than other children her age. Children all over the world may suffer if they lose a loved one, have a disease, or are abused/neglected; therefore, this is a universal theme. Another universal theme includes coming of age. We can actually put ourselves in Anne's shoes and think back to when we were adolescents. Everyone has to go through the awkard pubescent stage and Anne helps us relate. Along with puberty comes a sense of identity. Anne is trying to find her place in the world and figure things out. She, like all of us, is still learning about life. These are all universal themes, because children from all over the world go through the same situations.

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With any great work of "L"iterature, I would always try to steer from the idea of "the universal theme."  I think that you can find much in the way of many powerful themes of the work.  One theme could be how Anne grows up throughout the course of the work.  Pay attention to how Anne changes from the first entry to the last entry.  The individual struggles, the collective challenges, and the questioning of reality within both are elements that are applicable to the lives of many adolescents.  Another theme is the clear voice of justice in a world of injustice.  I think that you can find this at many points in the novel where Anne develops the courage to speak her mind, not capitulating to fear.   These are themes that help to make the work an enduring one.

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In "The Diary of Anne Frank," what is the theme of the person Anne Frank?

Anne is very enthusiastic about life. She has hopes and dreams that reach far beyond the walls of her family's hiding place. She doesn't necessarily plan on having her own family; she plans on going to Paris, traveling, and becoming a writer. She is also an introspective young woman who desires to be mature and kind to others, but not at the expense of her own values. She demands respect but also seeks to give it to those who deserve it. She's not afraid to speak her mind to youth and adults alike, and she won't put up with being treated unfairly. There's only one thing stopping her from doing anything she wants to do in life--a war waged by bigotry and prejudice. Because of the war, this energetic soul is stifled and forced to live in hiding and in fear of losing her life at any time. She hears gunshots, burglars, bombs, and air fights going on around her outside and she has every reason to give up on life and hope. In the face of the war, world chaos, and devastating odds, Anne writes the following:

"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." 

This is Anne's last line in the play. The playwrights end the play with this sentence because it represents Anne's deepest character. Many would not judge her for losing hope in people during the war, but she doesn't. Her child-like hope and belief in all that's good in people surpass all expectations considering what she faces before and during the war under Nazi rule. 

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