Frances Goodrich's Diary Of Anne Frank: Faith

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Diary of Anne Frank: Faith
“Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness.” This quote, by Barbara Johnson, illuminates faith’s capabilities to help people see the best in their situation. Examples of these and other positive effects of faith are pervasive throughout the text of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett’s play, The Diary of Anne Frank. In this play, two Jewish families- the Franks and the Van Daans- along with a Jewish man, Dussel, are forced to hide in a small attic for two years to avoid being captured during the Holocaust. They are unable to breathe fresh air or take a step outside for this entire time. However, despite their unfortunate situation, they have faith that everything will be alright. Regardless of what some might argue, this faith, if too strong, does not make people feel dislike towards opposing views. Rather, faith- the complete trust or confidence in someone or something- leads to optimism and an open mind, because it is above all hatred and gives people a future to look forward to.
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When Anne and her family quickly evacuate their house and arrive at their hiding place, Mr. Frank says boldly to Anne and Anne’s sister, “There are no bolts, no locks that anyone can put on your mind. Miep will bring us books. We will read history, poetry, mythology” (Goodrich and Hackett, 22). Clearly, Mr. Frank displays a sense of faith in what his family will be able to do and accomplish in their sizably smaller dwelling. At the same time, he is able to make the best out of the situation they are in; Mr. Frank’s belief in his family’s future, and in himself, enables him to be more complaisent and open-minded about their situation and their hiding place. He is able to broaden his horizons and keep himself illimitable in his present situation by exhibiting faith in his family and their
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