Study Guide

The Diary of Anne Frank (play) Faith

By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Faith

Act 1, Scene 5
Mr. Otto Frank

MR. FRANK: I'm sure that God understands shortages. (1.5)

Mr. Frank should save those Hanukah candles. There are supposed to be eight, but the group only has one to use for the menorah. Mr. Frank says that God will understand their particular situation and hand them a free pass.

MR. FRANK: Have we lost all faith? All courage? A moment ago we thought that they'd come for us. We were sure it was the end. But it wasn't the end. We're alive, safe. (1.5)

Mr. Frank tries to rally the troops, who resort to bickering and negative behavior. Keep steady and we'll survive, says he.

Mrs. Edith Frank

MRS. FRANK: I lift up mine eyes unto the mountains, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord who made heaven and earth. (1.5)

Mrs. Frank prays during the crisis with the thief. Her prayers are strangely accurate during their time of need.

Mrs. Van Daan

MRS. VAN DAAN: What kind of a Jew are you that you don't know Hanukah? (1.5)

Mrs. Van Daan jokingly asks Mr. Dussel how he can know about St. Nicholas Day but not his own religious holiday of Hanukah. Maybe he missed the memo?

MRS. VAN DAAN: Now please… this is Hanukkah! Hanukkah!… this is the time to celebrate!... what's the matter with all of you? (1.5)

Mrs. Van Daan really wants to forget about their current situation (dire peril) for once and have a party for Pete's sake.

Act 2, Scene 1
Mrs. Edith Frank

MRS. FRANK: Think how lucky we are! Think of the thousands dying in the war, every day! Think of the people in concentration camps! (2.1)

Someone's always got it worse than you. It's a common positive way of thinking, one that Mrs. Frank is definitely concerned with passing on to the rest of her Annex crew.

Anne Frank

ANNE: If we begin thinking of all the horror in the world, we're lost! We're trying to hold on to some kind of ideals… when everything… ideals, hopes… everything, are being destroyed. (2.1)

Anne's right. Stay positive, even when things are looking terminal; otherwise there's no hope left for anyone. It's a difficult situation, given the crisis she's referring to is WWII.

Act 2, Scene 3
Miep Gies

MIEP: I'm going to tell Mr. Kraler. This'll be better than any blood transfusion. (2.3)

Sometimes faith works better than any medicine. Miep's good news just might save Jan Kraler from his ulcers.

Anne Frank

ANNE'S VOICE: I have often been downcast myself… but never in despair. I can shake off everything if I write. (2.3)

It's actually been proven that writing is a cathartic method—an escape plan from the worst pain and dire depression out there. Anne relies on this method to keep her hopes alive.

Act 2, Scene 4
Mr. Otto Frank

MR. FRANK: For the past two years we have lived in fear. Now we can live in hope. (2.4)

And sometimes, the end is just what you've been looking for. When faith fails you, and the bad guys are at your doorstep, hope is your only friend. Otto Frank just slays us with these insightful words of wisdom.

MR. FRANK: If we wait patiently, I believe that help will come. (2.4)

Mr. Frank, even when danger is staring him right in the face, continues to believe that things will turn out for the best. The Nazis may be knocking down his door, but he refuses to give up.

Anne Frank

ANNE'S VOICE: P.S. Please, please, Miep or Mr. Kraler or anyone else. If you should find this diary will you please keep it safe for me, because some day I hope… (2.4)

Even after her death, Anne's faith remains alive. Her continuing faith made her diary available to others who might need a dose of that positive good stuff.

ANNE: I know it's terrible, trying to have any faith… when people are doing such horrible… (2.4)

You said it Anne. Having faith during the Holocaust is like asking a penguin to relocate to the Sonoran Desert. Still, it might be worth looking into—faith, that is… not Sonoran Desert real estate for chinstrap penguins.

ANNE: I wish you had a religion Peter… Just to believe in something! (2.4)

Anne remarks to Peter that faith is a powerful weapon. He shouldn't ignore it because it has the potential to save him.

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