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The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

by Anne Frank

Edith Frank

Character Analysis

Anne accuses her mother, Edith Frank, of being cold and tactless. Although it’s clear to the reader that Anne’s mother is hurt by her daughter’s rebuffs, Anne accuses her mother of instigating that dynamic in their relationship. Mrs. Frank does appear to be similar to Anne – outspoken and frank (guess the last name fits!). She often responds to Mrs. van Daan’s provocative comments, and the two women frequently end up fighting. Sometimes, it appears that Mrs. Frank initiates the fights. Anne thinks there is nothing about her mother that is actually motherly, but often wishes she could have a caring, warm mother to turn to. Anne and her mother never develop the kind of close relationship that exists between many mothers and daughters.

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