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Analysis

Literary Devices in The Diary of Anne Frank

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

For Anne, Peter Schiff serves as a symbol of desire and love. She pins all her longings on memories of him. When Peter Schiff and Peter van Daan become "one" in her head, she finally admits that sh...

Setting

The early entries of the diary, before Anne and her family enter into hiding, take place in Amsterdam, Holland. We learn little of the city or the surroundings, only that the movement of Jews withi...

Narrator Point of View

The story is told through Anne Frank’s eyes and in Anne’s voice. We are completely situated within Anne’s viewpoint throughout the book. What this means is that we only see the ch...

Genre

So we know what you’re thinking, this isn’t exactly an autobiography. Anne is writing it herself and about herself, but she’s not really telling her life story per se. A diary is...

Tone

In many ways, the tone of this diary is youthful. Anne does have many surprisingly mature insights into life, war, interpersonal relationships, and much more. However, this is always set against th...

Writing Style

When reading Anne Frank’s diary, it’s possible to feel both intrusive and honored at the same time. You are, after all, reading a girl’s diary, in which she has clearly entrusted...

What’s Up With the Title?

The title describes the book, literally. This is a diary written by a young girl. No secrets there. Keep in mind that Anne Frank didn’t title her diaries – that part came after her deat...

What’s Up With the Epigraph?

"I hope I will be able to confide everything in you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support."This epigraph is pretty basic. Thi...

Plot Analysis

Because Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl is non-fiction in diary format, it does not follow the classic plot pattern. Nevertheless, it is possible to see multiple conflicts and multiple complicati...

Booker’s Seven Basic Plots Analysis: N/A

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl does not fit any of Booker’s Seven Basic Plots. It might be possible to stretch the plot into the Tragedy structure; however, considering that this diary...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl does not fit the Three Act Plot Analysis. Since the contents of the diary regard real life events which were in no way planned, we do not think that analyzing...

Trivia

Anne Frank’s diary has become a favorite target for those who would rewrite history and deny the Holocaust. These individuals often claim that a New York scriptwriter (Meyer Levin) wrote the...

Steaminess Rating

There’s no actual sex in The Diary of a Young Girl. There isn’t much more than kissing, in terms of the physical action. Still, Anne is very curious about sex and sexuality, and writes...

Allusions

Van Hildebrand, Camera Obscura (June 14, 1942)Dutch Sagas and Legends (June 14, 1942)Daisy Goes to the Mountains (June 14, 1942)Cissy van Marxveldt, Joop ter Heul series; The Zaniest Summer (Septem...
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