Anne Frank's 'The Diary Of A Young Girl'

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Hope During Despair
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference,” said Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Craft). As a dynamic leader during World War II, Churchill demonstrated the power of employing a positive attitude in times of conflict or despair throughout the war, but also specifically in his speech “Blood, Toil, Sweat, and Tears.” On a smaller scale, Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl,” the record of her brutal experience hiding during the war, reiterates the impact a positive outlook can have on difficult situations. Overall, it is clear that maintaining a positive outlook and attitude amidst the hardest times can bring happiness into hopeless situations, is scientifically proven to be healthy, and creates an inspiring, encouraging environment for others.
First, maintaining a positive and hopeful attitude can shift the focus away from negativity in difficult situations. For instance, during World War II, Anne Frank wrote in her diary, “The Annex is an ideal place to hide in. It may be damp and lopsided, but there 's probably not a more comfortable hiding place in all of Amsterdam. No, in all of Holland” (Frank). Though living in a small attic with another family and fearing for their lives, Anne was still able to find the good in her situation. Critics could counter that a positive attitude doesn’t help in all situations. However, even if positivity doesn’t directly change a bad situation, it can change one’s perception of the situation, which is
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