Anne Frank Family Analysis

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In the Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich, the idea of family is uses to show the audience how war brings people of completely different backgrounds together. The Frank family and the Van Daan family were completely different, yet the shared adversity brought them together.

The respective heads of the two families, Mr. Frank and Mr. Van Daan are very different in philosophies and in mannerisms. Mr. Frank is quiet, calm, and for the most part, restrained. He is an educated man, and cares for his daughter 's schooling, even in hiding. On the other hand, Mr. Van Daan is loud, brash, and often antagonistic. He would rather satisfy his own appetite, by sneaking bread at night than be willing to be a bit hungry, and let the children have
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Margot is the older of the two sisters, and throughout the play consistently acts "like a lady". We do not see her acting out or wrestling on the ground. Anne, on the other hand is Margot 's complete opposite. She has no problem talking back to grown-ups, wrestling with Peter Van Daan, or being a nuisance to everyone in general. Most of the people in the annex take issue with this, and Mr. Van Daan goes so far as to ask her “Why aren 't you all nice and quiet, like your sister, Margot? Why do you have to show off all the time”. Anne is constantly being told to be more like Margot, by most of the grown-ups in the Annex. When Anne is visiting Peter in his room, something which is not the social norm, Margot is on the couch reading a book. Mrs. Van Daan alludes to this unusual situation when she says “In my day, the boys called on the girls”. By this, she means that she believes that Anne is overstepping the bounds of friendship with her son, and is also perhaps a bit jealous of Anne’s relationship with Peter. Margot, on the other hand, is sitting quietly on the couch, out of the way. She is not a source of tension or strife with the group, as was the social ideal for young women in the 1940’s. Anne and Margot are not at odds about everything, though. In the beginning of the play both girls shared a room, and both do their share of chores around the Annex. Both girls respect each other, and get along fairly decently, as there is plenty of strife in the Annex already. The playwrights use this as a third example of how war brings people with different personalities

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