NameInstitutionDateTheDiaryof a Young Girlby Anne Frank — Examining the Nature and Course of Author’sTransformation
TheDiary of a Young Girl,written by Anne Frank, is a diary she kept when in Netherlands duringNazi occupation. Ann writes a significant part of her diary while inhiding with her family. Her diary comes to abrupt end when she andher family are apprehended and taken to Nazi concentration camps in1944. Anne, just 13 year old when she started keeping the diary,undergoes a rapid transformation reflected in her writing. Thequestion of whether the change was any exceptional is perhaps one ofthe fascinating topics worth discussing. While the transformationsthat Ann exhibits is natural and normal to any growing girl, it islargely bolstered and shaped by the adverse social developments ofthe time — so that, in the end, she can be seen as a girl who haschanged so much that she acts more maturely than other girls of herage.
Thereis a lot of evidence about the nature and course of transformationsin Ann`s life. In the beginning, Ann can be seen to be immature forwhat she writes in his diary. Although the society is in turmoil andher family is suffering at the hands of Nazi occupations, Ann doesnot necessarily consider that as the issue of concern. Between June12, 1942, and June 24, 1942, she can be seen writing more about therelationship with the friends (Hanneli, Jacqueline, and Sanne),talking about simple issues such as birthday, for instance, writes,“I got masses of things from Mummy and Daddy, and was thoroughlyspoiled by various friends (pp1). Ann narrates about she neitherconsiders family members nor friends and the admirers as trueconfidants. Ann contends, "Paper is more patient than people"(pp 2), connoting how she would rather confide in her diary than inpeople around her. She also writes about Hello Silberberg, the boywho recently approached her and whom they now meet often. Indeed, Annis blameless because she is only a young girl. Like other girls ofher age, Ann considers her relationship aspect to be more importantthan Nazi threats.
However,just within a month, Ann`s focus changes significantly. This changecan be seen in the cover of events occurring between July 1, 1942,and July 10, 1942. Rather than talk about her relationships, sheseems to have been awakened to the disorderliness in the societyaround her, for which she now writes about. Yet this transformationdoes not come by any surprise — it coincides with the time herfamily moves to the hiding for fear of the Nazi detention. Indeed,Ann herself writes that these turn of events had significantlyaffected her course of transformation. She confides she did not havetime until Wednesday to think about "the enormous change inlife", and that she now had time to tell "what had happenedto [her] and what was yet to happen (July11, 1942)."The terseness in her writing has become intense, and this shows howthe social developments have become real to her. She notes, “NorthAmsterdam was very heavily bombed on Sunday. There was apparently agreat deal of destruction. Entire streets are in ruins, and it willtake a while for them to dig out all the bodies (see Monday,19 July 1943), whichshows how she had affected and, like others, were following theevents happening in the society.
Apartfrom writing, Ann also exhibits maturity in behaviors. For instance,rather than cry or panic to her already frustrated family, shechooses the diary as her source of comfort. At this young age, Annhas already mastered her coping strategy, which also exhibits herindependence capability. Initially, Ann perceives her experiences inthe hiding as adventurous and joins others in spending time thinkingabout simpler and immediate issues at hand, for instance, ways ofovercoming boredom. Like others, she does not stop feeling dreadfulwhenever the doorbell rang better still.
Besides,Ann also tends to fare well in rediscovering herself. She notes howshe could not believe the "childish innocence" she had inthe past, and even says her diary descriptions were "indelicate."She also discovers the hiding had deprived her of"trust, love, and physical affection" (pp 19),which she now longed. She is also aware of her personality andacknowledges the need to live peaceful with others. She is frustratedabout the conflicts she is having with people around her, especially,having people refer to her as "exasperating" (pp 14). Shewishes she could have a different personality that does notantagonize the people around her. Ann, now behaving like a grown-upwho is fully aware of the surrounding, continues to long forsecurity. She writes, "I sometimes wonder if anyone will ever .. . overlook my ingratitude and not worry about whether or not I`mJewish and merely see me as a teenager badly in need of some good,plain fun" (pp 26). In this statement, Ann does not only showshe discovered her identity as a young, Jewish girl, but also heraspirations. Ann offers a descriptions of her new insights concerningher characters, and she is amused that she could become what shewants to be, and she would mostly likely achieve this in the absenceof other people in the world (seeAugust 1,1944). Thisthinking is a depiction of her ambitions to let the societyunderstand her sentiments. Furthermore, she now signs her diary as"Anne M. Frank", and not as "Anne" anymore (pp14), which shows her writing maturity. Ann also understands herfamily more than ever. To a certain extent, Ann confides how she hasrapidly transformed over a short time. When Ann gets her first kiss,she suddenly feels how she how she seems particularly advanced forher age (see April 15,1944).
Inconclusion, it is indisputable that although Ann exhibits atransformation that is natural and typical to any growing girl, it isvery much bolstered and shaped by the adverse social developments atthe time, which changes her so much that she acts maturely than othergirls of her age. But for the adverse social events that were mainlycharacterized by Nazi occupation, Ann would not have transformedrapidly as she did. The transformation is manifested in her writing,thinking, and behavior. Indeed, just within three years, Ann wasacting like an adult — she was no longer writing simple issues suchrelationship with the friends and her birthdays, but about challengesaffecting her and the broader society such as Nazi threats. Ann doesnot only show she discovered her identity as a young, Jewish girl,but also her aspirations.
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