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The Diary of a Young Girl

by Anne Frank

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How does section 4 reveal Anne's courage and determination?

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Anne narrates her harrowing experiences of the Holocaust and World War II in The Diary of a Young Girl. In section 4 (October 14, 1942–November 20, 1942), the readers get insight into Anne’s growth and maturity as an individual. Anne grapples with problems of puberty, the pressure of confinement in the annex, rebellion, and identity.

Mr. Dussel tells her about the atrocities inflicted on the Jews ,and Anne expresses her inability to deal with the harsh realities of genocide. Anne’s unshakeable hope of survival is accompanied by survivor’s guilt as she constantly thinks of the deaths of her friends and acquaintances. The threat of running out of food, lack of medical care, and the fear of being discovered make Anne question the chances of their survival, but she continues to stay optimistic in the face of adversity.

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