The Franks' daughter, Anne, kept a diary throughout their entire stay in the so-called "Secret Annexe." Although all the members of the Frank family, except Mr....
I disagree completely that Sylvia Plath's poem "Mirror" is in fact a reference to God. I do not believe it is in anyway a reference to how God perceives us, or what we do. Nor do I believe it to be a metaphor for Plath's relationship with Hughes. There are an indefinite amount of ideas one can conjure up about what this poem is trying to convey to the reader for example: "I think it is part of my heart but it flickers." This could be a reference to heart problems Plath suffered... The over analysing of poetry is an injustice to the simple beauty that poetry is. You do not need to be an academic, or a philosopher to read a poem and understand it. You do not need to search for a deeper meaning, if a simple one has already shown itself to you. The one thing that I believe should always be followed in analysing poetry is; "If the poem has no evidence of what you are stating at all, then your statement is not true." To give my own oppinion on the poem, I will simply say I believe that the mirror and the woman are a metaphor for Plath's search for what she wants to see as herself, in her troubled mind. The mirror always shows the truth, and Plath knows that it will never show her as the young woman she once was, that was "drowned in the mirror" long ago. This poem is dark and depressing.. but beautifully written by the dark and depressed Plath. I wish she were here today, so she may share with us the true meaning of the poem only she will ever honestly know... It has been amazing to read all the different ideas and views on "The Mirror" and constantly enlightening to hear new ones. As a member of a year 11 literature class, I love to open my mind with others peoples views, even if they are delving a little too deep...
In July 1945, after the Red Cross confirmed the death of the Frank sisters, Otto Frank passed Anne’s diary to historians who made continuous attempts to publish it....
The mirror in the poem symbolizes truth. Truth is a powerful tool in the piece. The mirror is cold and sharp like its touch. When you look into a mirror you only see what is there, the phase "Whatever I see I swallow immediately" supports my statement. If a person has flaws a mirror will be straight forward and display them with no hesitation "Searching my reaches for what she really is." In the first stanza, the "I am not cruel, only truthful" phrase reveals the mirror's personality and charter. Unlike humans a mirror cannot judge her with opinions. Sylvia Plath uses onomatopoeia to give the mirror human characteristics. On line five she writes "The eye of a little god, four-cornered" which shows that the mirror is given God-like powers over the women. It becomes almost an obsessive relationship between the mirror and the women because she looks to the mirror for comfort only to confronted with the truth about your youth wasting away.
Minutes before the Frank's were captured in their hiding place after a two-year stay, Anne wrote in her diary the words, 'In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.'; Even though Anne suffered so much her courage and character only grew stronger.
Mr. Van Daan's wife. The Van Daans are also German; Mrs. Van Daan's Dutch is poor. She is vain and lacking in humility. Anne finds her to be the most insufferable annex resident of them all and is particulary annoyed when Mrs. Van Daan flirts with Mr. Frank. Peter Van Daan has trouble talking to her, this leads Anne to believe that she, like Mrs. Frank, lacks mothering skills. She dies in the camp at Belsen.
Initially, Anne views the move to the annex as an adventure, almost like a vacation. It is obvious that in the beginning she is too immature to understand the seriousness of the Franks situation. Soon, however, she is disturbed by the lack of privacy, the necessity of staying quiet, the impossibility of leaving the annex or going outside, the bickering with her anxious mother and sister, and the underlying fear of being discovered. Matters grow worse for Anne when the van Daans join them in the annex, for their already cramped quarters become more crowded and less private; additionally, she finds Mrs. van Daan to be an irritating and quarrelsome woman, who constantly fights with her husband and criticizes Anne. Then Anne must endure accepting Mr. Dussel into the annex; she is very upset when she learns she must share her room with this old dentist. Now, there is absolutely no privacy for her.
By the time Anne begins the diary, Jewish people are already being persecuted by the Nazis. In fact, Mr. Frank moved the family to Holland in 1933 to escape Hitlers restrictions on the Jews in Germany. Then when Hitler invaded Holland in 1940, Anne was forced to leave her school to attend a Jewish one. Being a lively and personable young girl, she easily made the transition. When she is forced to go into hiding with her family in July of 1942, Anne also handles it better than her mother and sister; they are so upset that they go to bed, but Anne helps her father unpack and set up house in the secret annex. Throughout the rest of the diary, Anne shows her ability to cope in a variety of ways.
For example, Anne writes in her diary, “I have strings of boy-friends, anxious to catch a glimpse of me, and who failing that, peep at me through mirrors in class.” Anne Frank was a dynamic kind of character because she changes thorugh out the story.
Mr. Frank senses that Anne and the other young people in the annex are extremely bored with their monotonous existence. As a result, he finds books for the teens to read and prepares lessons for them to study. He even sends away for a correspondence course to teach Margot and Anne shorthand. Besides doing her chores, studying, and reading, Anne also comes up with her own entertainment. She chatters about her childhood, practices her dancing, and writes in her diary, which becomes her best friend; she even names the diary Kitty. She is also allowed to occasionally help in the office downstairs, and she and the entire family faithfully listen to the radio, hoping to hear good news about the war. Although her life in the annex is cramped and routine, Anne tries to maintain a positive outlook.
Anne Frank was extraordinary in her vitality, optimism, hunger for knowledge, and creativity. She was also a moody, sensitive young woman who could (by her own admission) occasionally be mean to those around her... though she struggled not to be.
An elderly dentist who is invited to share the rooms in the annex with the Franks and the Van Daans. His wife managed to escape the occupation. He stays in Anne's room and drives her crazy with his odd nocturnal habits. He can also be petty and small-minded. He dies in the Neuengamme camp, in Germany.