Anne Frank's diary is an affecting work that shows a teenager experiencing all the trials of adolescence under a horrific circumstance: hiding from the Nazis for two years in a safe room with her family. Students especially can relate to Anne because she articulates genuine and familiar feelings of people her age. Readers cannot help but be mindful that that Anne was a real person, who did eventually die in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Reading any excerpt from the diary therefore is moving, because we are constantly reminded, with each passing day in her diary, that she will eventually be captured.
This particular excerpt is poignant because Anne is courageously facing down dangerous happenings with a fresh and optimistic grace. We are compelled to think about why she said that "in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart," because we know that Anne's trust and hope in the goodness of people seems misplaced and yet somehow transcendent. Reading the diary raises many emotions, including empathy, admiration, anger, and sadness.