In Diary of A Young Girl Anne Frank describes the complicated movements of her identity during her time in hiding. Trapped in the Secret Annex, Anne explores her identity as daughter, lover, sister, friend, war reporter, philosopher, historian, religious scholar, student, and writer, just to name a few aspects. Anne identifies herself as Jewish, in terms of her cultural heritage, and, to some degree, her religion. Like Gypsies, Jehovah Witnesses, gay people, and others considered different, Anne, as a Jew, is considered by the Nazi regime to belong to a “race” that not deserve to exist. The tension between this and the personal identity Anne is trying to develop, drives her account.
“Writer” is the strongest aspect of Anne’s identity.
As one result of the negative identity imposed on Anne by the Nazi’s, Anne’s self esteem gets lower and lower throughout her diary.