Anne feels isolated and cut off from her family and the other members of the Secret Annex throughout The Diary of Anne Frank, even while the group is crammed together in shared isolation from the world. The divide between the "inner world" of the Secret Annex and the "outer world" of Holland is mirrored in the divide between Anne’s "inner world" and the "outer world" of the Secret Annex.
The isolation of the members of the Secret Annex causes them to consider the fact that their lives are in constant danger.
Anne’s feelings of isolation prevent her from developing emotionally; it is not until she comes to terms with her family’s real love for her that she begins to develop a healthy self-identity.
Anne records the experiences of her adolescence in her diary: the pages that would later become The Diary of Anne Frank. She goes through all the typical trials and tribulations of teen life, despite the fact that she is not living in a normal context. She fights with her mother and sister, believes that nobody understands her, thinks that she is the one everybody picks on, fantasizes about boys she’s known in the past, and falls in love head over heels with somebody she should probably leave alone.
She’s just like all of us, even if she is hiding from the Nazis during the years she is growing up.
Although Anne’s adolescent experiences seem like every other teen’s, the war made both her angst and her romance more intense—and more critical to the shaping of her character.
Although the war may have made Anne’s experiences seem more intense and highly influenced by her life circumstances, in fact, her adolescent behaviors and ideas are normal and no different than any other teen’s.
The entirety of The Diary of Anne Frank is written during the time when Anne's life was in constant danger. What’s amazing, though, is that she doesn’t dwell on this fact. It comes up, of course, but for the most part all of the members of the Secret Annex live their lives as normally as possible while in hiding.
However, the fact that her life is in danger makes Anne acutely aware of her mortality. She expresses the desire to do something worthwhile in life and hopes to become immortalized through her writing.
Anne’s increased awareness of her mortality leads her to develop a stronger religious sentiment.
Anne never believes that she will die during the war; she sees death as something that happens to the Jews who are not lucky enough to be in hiding.
In The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne 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 the Roma, Jehovah's Witnesses, gay people, and others considered different, Anne, as a Jew, is considered by the Nazi regime to belong to a “race” that doesn't 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 Nazis, Anne’s self esteem gets lower and lower throughout her diary.
Anne’s "family" expands the year she turns thirteen to include four other people who are not related to her by blood. Throughout The Diary of Anne Frank, the family is at times healthy and at times dysfunctional. However, Anne herself never seems to recognize anybody outside her own blood relations as family.
Although the Franks continue to see themselves as a "nuclear family," in fact, their family actually extends to include all of the inhabitants of the Secret Annex and to their protectors as well.
Under normal circumstances, the Franks might have been a healthy, fully functioning family, but in hiding, all their faults and foibles are exposed and they are a dysfunctional family.
This theme probably shouldn’t simply be "warfare," but World War II specifically. The members of the Secret Annex follow the war news religiously via radio broadcasts. There are daily reminders that the country is at war, right down to the food that is available. Everybody’s life throughout the entirety of The Diary of Anne Frank is in constant danger.
Although Anne’s adolescence is spent in hiding, her response to other people is remarkably similar to the way teenagers living normal lives in times of peace respond.
Because Anne’s early teen years are spent in hiding, her experiences, emotions, and reactions to people are markedly different than those of a teenager living in a time of peace.
Anne Frank has many loves. She loves reading, writing, nature, movies, and her family and friends. She’s also obsessed with romantic love, experiments with romantic relationships, and has vivid romantic fantasies. Anne is in love with life and with living.
Yet, because Anne has gone into hiding with her family (and some others) to try to stay alive in Nazi-occupied-Holland, during World War II, she lives a life of fear, frustration, and isolation. In The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne describes the almost always painful, sometimes ugly, and at times stunningly beautiful ways her love moves and changes under these conditions.
Anne and Peter’s romantic relationship never develops into true love.
Throughout The Diary of Anne Frank, there are examples of pettiness in sharing personal items with everybody. For example, Mrs. van Daan does not want her sheets to be used, yet expects to use the Franks’ sheets. Mrs. Frank does not want to use her dinnerware, yet expects the van Daans dinnerware to be used.
The generosity and self-sacrifice of the men and women who save the eight people in the Secret Annex are contrasted throughout the diary with Mrs. van Daan and Mr. Dussel, who hoard personal belongings and space and who fail to thank those who give them shelter in a time of desperate need.
Even though we might like to criticize Mrs. van Daan’s clinging to her belongings, her apparent stinginess and pettiness is merely a manifestation of the greater stress she was living under, not a consistent character defect.
Although the protectors should be commended for their selflessness and bravery, it is also true that they had less at stake than the members of the Secret Annex.
In Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, isolation causes greed.
The Diary of Anne Frank doesn’t give us all that much information on Judaism as a religion. In fact, religion plays a somewhat subtle role in Anne’s story—“Christian” and “Jew” are more political than religious categories.
While Anne identifies herself as a member of the Jewish religion, she reads avidly about a variety of religious perspectives and is in the process of deciding what God and religion mean to her on a personal level.
Anne is not a particularly religious person when she begins the diary, but religion becomes more and more important to her as time goes on.