Maturity 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.

In ''The Diary of Anne Frank'', Anne is only 13 when they go into hiding, but over the two years she spends in the secret annex, she matures and grows up into a young woman who is aware of the troubles around her.

Anne Frank's Situation

We know from her diary that Anne Frank and her family had gone into hiding when she was merely 13 years old. They were trying to escape being captured by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Tragically, after evading the Nazis for 2 years and 1 month, they were captured in 1944.

Anne's diary tells the story of the time right before they went into hiding and their full two years in a secret annex, which is the small room that was attached to the back of the office that her father, Otto, owned. During this two year period, Anne, who went into hiding young, impetuous, and very clownish in behavior, grows to be reflective and more mature. Let's look at some quotes from The Diary of Anne Frank to see evidence of this.

Anne Frank in School

Anne and Her Mother

While Anne and her family were in hiding you can see the challenge Anne has in dealing with her mother, especially in the first 6 months. The stress of the close quarters and strangers that were sharing the Annex with them was stressful for everyone.

Anne starts with short and unkind comments about her mother.''At moments like these I can't stand Mother. It's obvious that I'm a stranger to her; she doesn't even know what I think about the most ordinary things.''

However, as time passes, Anne starts to realize the challenge her mother has in dealing with her. Anne knew her behavior in public tended to be goofy and obnoxious, which bothered her mother.

Although Anne was unable to share the more matured and reflective side of herself, she did share her thoughts in her diary: ''The period of tearfully passing judgment on Mother is over. I've grown wiser and Mother's nerves are a bit steadier. Most of the time I manage to hold my tongue when I'm annoyed, and she does too; so on the surface, we seem to be getting along better.''

Anne and Love

One of the biggest changes seen in Anne is her feelings for Peter van Daan, a boy that was also in hiding with her. In the book, she at first believes that Peter is boring and will bring nothing to the group. But time and need for companionship makes Anne realize that Peter is the likely choice of a companion.

She picks Peter for this honor, but still starts out with puppy love ideals, impatient to spend time with him. But as the months pass, she feels herself growing up, even in love: ''This morning I realized that nothing has changed; on the contrary, as I've grown older and more mature, my love has grown along with me.''

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