The Diary of Anne Frank
Analysis: Narrator Point of View
Who is the narrator, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?
First Person (limited): Anne Frank
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 characters and the events that take place through Anne’s eyes, mind, and adolescent moods. Anne herself even points out that she often writes when she is most angry, frustrated, or depressed as a way to relieve those feelings. She also occasionally writes when she is feeling most happy and invigorated. Because of that, we see Anne’s world through her strongest moods, which probably do not characterize the majority of her daily experience. That means that we can’t always take Anne’s word for it. We need to understand that what we are seeing through her diary is life as she experienced it on certain occasions. We would be remiss to assume that we’re getting the full picture.