Study Guide

The Diary of Anne Frank (play) Morality

By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

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Act 1, Scene 1
Miep Gies

MIEP: Burn this? (She hands him a worn, velour covered book.) (1.1)

Miep can't bring herself to get rid of the diary after the war. She knows it will be hard for Mr. Frank to look at, but it is important that he does.

Act 1, Scene 2
Mr. Jan Kraler

MR. KRALER: This isn't the black market, Mrs. Frank. This is what we call the white market… helping all of the hundreds and hundreds who are hiding out in Amsterdam. (1.2)

Mr. Kraler helps the Annex residents, even though he is risking his own life in doing so.

Act 1, Scene 3
Mr. Jan Kraler

MR. KRALER: I know it's a terrible thing to ask of you, living as you are, but would you take him in with you? (1.3)

Mr. Kraler asks Mr. Frank to take in Mr. Dussel. It's a lot to ask, to add one more person to the Annex, but turning him out would mean he could die.

Mr. Van Daan

MR. VAN DAAN: Did Mr. Kraler warn you that you won't get much to eat here? You can imagine… three ration books among the seven of us… and now you make eight. (1.3)

Thanks Mr. Van Daan, that's super-helpful of you. Mr. Dussel will be treading on your game, but at least he'll be alive.

Act 1, Scene 4
Mr. Otto Frank

MR. FRANK: There is so little that we parents can do to help our children. We can only try to set a good example… point the way. (1.4)

Mr. Frank wisely tells Anne that he doesn't have all the answers. She's going to have to find her own way to being the person of character he knows she can be.

MR. FRANK: You must build your own character. (1.4)

Mr. Frank encourages Anne to better herself through constant practice. She will have to build upon her emotions and experiences if she wants to be a good person.

Anne Frank

ANNE: Oh Pim, I was horrible, wasn't I? And the worst of it is, I can stand off and look at myself doing it and know it's cruel and yet I can't stop doing it. (1.4)

Anne throws her mom out after her nightmare and then confesses to her dad that she feels bad. She knows the right thing to do, but heck… she's a teenager.

Act 2, Scene 1
Mr. Dussel

MR. DUSSEL: Everybody gets exactly the same… except Mr. Van Daan always gets a little bit more. (2.1)

Mr. Dussel points out that Mr. Van Daan is a bit of a pig, even though he says he isn't.

Act 2, Scene 3
Mrs. Edith Frank

MRS. FRANK: If my husband had any obligation to you, he's paid it, over and over. (2.3)

In her righteous rage, Mrs. Frank gets bluntly honest with the Van Daans who are acting more and more selfish over the stolen food. She points out that the Franks don't have to be nice and let the Van Daans live in their hideout. They are doing it because it's the right thing to do.

MRS. FRANK: We're all of us hungry! I see the children getting thinner and thinner! Your own son Peter… I've heard him moan in his sleep he's so hungry! And you come in the night and steal food that should go to them… to the children! (2.3)

Mrs. Frank gets all up in Mr. Van Daan's face after he tries to steal some food. He's literally stealing from the mouths of children. Should he be ashamed? Edith Frank is telling it like it is.

Margot Frank

MARGOT: Oh no! No! We haven't sunk so far that we're going to fight over a handful of rotten potatoes. (2.3)

Margot makes everyone realize that they are fighting amongst themselves for a very silly reason. She acknowledges the elephant in the room that everyone is starving and they need to recognize the reason they are arguing.

MR. VAN DAAN: The only thing I feel… there's so little food as it is… and to take in another person… (Peter turns away, moving upstage, ashamed of his father.) (1.3)

Mr. Van Daan just has to point out that there will be less food if Dussel moves in (face palm).

MR. DUSSEL: Mrs. Frank divides things better. (2.1)

The residents in the Annex like and respect Mrs. Frank because she is always fair, no matter what the situation. Even when they haven't had any cake in over a year, she makes sure everyone gets an equal portion.

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