Beauty Quotes in Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Anne Frank and her family had to hide during World War II and the Holocaust because of their Jewish faith. They were in hiding for two years during which Anne wrote about all her experiences in her diary, whether it was about love, conflict, or beauty.

The Diary of Anne Frank

In The Diary of a Young Girl we are let into the world of a young 13-year-old Jewish girl, Anne, as she and her family go into hiding to escape the Nazi regime and Holocaust. They live in hiding for two years until they are captured and sent to a concentration camp.

The journal entries during the two years range from sadness, joy at finding love, and anger at her mother. No matter the subject, Anne is very reflective on the world and herself. Despite being confined, she is able to find beauty in a number of subjects. Let's look at some supporting quotes.

Anne Frank

Personal Beauty

Anne does not talk much about her own physical beauty except in conversation she has with others. She says: ''Father always says I'm conceited, but I'm not, I'm merely vain! I haven't had many people tell me I was pretty, except for a boy at school who said I looked so cute when I smiled.'' Her honesty is obvious, she recognizes she can be vain, but doesn't believe she is pretty as others.

She also has a brief discussion about her looks with Peter van Daan, the boy who she begins a relationship with while in hiding. He is enamored with her dimples and tries to compliment her on them, but she says, ''I was born with them. There's also one in my chin. It's the only mark of beauty I possess.'' He responds that it isn't true. But she maintains, ''Yes it is. I know I'm not beautiful. I never have been and I never will be!'' Peter's constant insistence that she is pretty just makes Anne compliment Peter as well.

She doesn't seem to dwell on a perceived lack of looks though, when she says, ''I don't have much in the way of money or worldly possessions, I'm not beautiful, intelligent or clever, but I'm happy, and I intend to stay that way!''

She even muses about the beauty of women's contributions to society, which she feels is underrated, and often obscured if a woman isn't physically beautiful: ''What I condemn are our system of values and the men who don't acknowledge how great, difficult, but ultimately beautiful women's share in society is.''

Peter and Anne

She also realizes the relationship she has created with Peter is special, especially since they are in hiding, in cramped quarters, and there are very few people who understand her. So her precious moments with Peter alone are even more special: ''I do have the feeling that something beautiful is going to develop between Peter and me, a kind of friendship and a feeling of trust.''

Even as the relationship grows and the teens struggle with their feelings and the fear of what the future holds, Anne still has a mature viewpoint: ''I do want to stay friends with Peter. We have our difficulties, but we have to fight against them, and in the end they will make everything more beautiful.''

Beauty in the World

Anne Frank's belief in the beauty of the world endures. Although she and her family are in hiding and living in fear Anne can appreciate the beauty of the day: ''It's a beautiful day outside, nice and hot. We can still enjoy it, lying on a bed in the attic.''

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