Does the Diary of Anne Frank have an Optimistic Undertone?

Although many people assume that Anne Frank’s, The Diary of a Young Girl, is a brutally true, pessimistic book about the horrors of the Holocaust, I read the book with the sense that Anne acted as optimistic as one could be in her own circumstance. Throughout her 25-month hide in the Secret Annexe, she did not often mention getting rescued nor getting murdered. She maintained a realistic, middle ground without mentioning much false hope. However, during the last month in the Secret Annexe, she maintained a cheerful mood. In her second to last diary writing, she admitted, “Now I am getting really hopeful, now things are going well at last. Yes, really, they’re going well!” (264). This was Anne’s response to German officials rebelling against Hitler’s orders. I find it astonishing that Anne maintained her poise through nearly her entire time in the attic. She was able to find joy and optimism in the small things that happened. Even though she contemplated death multiple times in her diary, small events like kissing Peter, hearing news about the war, or celebrating a birthday pushed Anne to hold onto life for a few more months. Throughout her diary, Anne continued to believe in God despite everyone losing hope. The saddest part of Anne’s life was that she was so close to being rescued. After getting transported to Belsen from Auschwitz, Anne found Lies, the girl whom she talked about in her diary. I think that seeing Lies allowed Anne to persevere a little longer. After realizing that Margot died, Anne passed away in March of 1945, and the war ended in May of that year. If Anne had only lived a couple more months, she would have experienced freedom. Though Anne was not able to truly taste freedom, experiences like D-Day, German conflicts, and meeting Lies allowed Anne to grasp onto life and find optimism until the last moment possible. Anne Frank was truly an astonishing, bright girl who was able to find optimism in what was one of the most treacherous circumstances in history.


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