Much More Than Just a Diary
Under normal circumstances a diary written by a teen-age girl might not have much significance. However, when the author writes her diary while hiding from oppressive forces occupying her country the diary has a much richer and lasting meaning. Such is the case with Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Between 1942 and 1944 Anne kept a diary as her family and another family were hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam. Anne is very good at using description in her writing and utilizes the power of understatement quite effectively; she also is skilled at using short, crisp dialogue to liven up the various scenes she describes. Despite her difficult circumstances she is able to maintain an optimistic outlook on life. Though the reader can never quite shake the bitterness of knowing young Anne's life will end, there are pertinent and delightful coming of age themes explored throughout her writing; some of these themes include conflict with parents and young love. Anne's writing definitely develops and matures during the course of the diary. While this book calls the reader to not forget the Holocaust it also serves as a celebration of the vitality of youth.