In this scene, tolerance of others is revealed through the argument between Anne and her mom. After Anne spills the milk on Mrs. Van Daan’s expensive coat, Mrs. Frank then inquires why she can’t be more like her sister, and Anne becomes infuriated and starts yelling about how perfect Margot is and how she can never be like her and then storms off. Anne shows her frustration by saying things like, “Margot! Margot! Margot! That’s all I hear from everyone. How wonderful Margot is. “Why aren’t you like Margot?”(Goodrich and Hackett 803) and, “Everything she does is right, and everything I do is wrong! I’m the goat around here! You’re all against me! And you worst of all!”(Goodrich and Hackett 803) This shows that Anne is tired of her mom trying to turn her into something she is not. She wants to be herself and not have anyone tell her what to do. My reaction is one that relates to this because sometimes my parents and/or others try to turn me into something that I don’t want to be.
Journal Entry #2
In Scene 3, tolerance , or lack of tolerance, is revealed by annoyance of each other. Anne is a very outgoing girl, and is never scared to speak her mind. The Van Daans frown upon her confident nature, and finally decide she’s just rude and over-the-top. Anne made a comment on Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan’s quarrel, and Mr. Van Daan will not stand for her comments anymore. He says, “Don’t you ever get tired of talking? Suppose you try keeping still for five minutes. I never heard such a child.” (Goodrich and Hackett 801) Mr. Van Daan is not the only one who feels this way, so do Mrs. Van Daan, Dussel, Peter, and Mrs. Frank. Anne’s acts of curiosity are not meant to be bothersome, but eventually they became annoying. I would also be annoyed if someone kept questioning me about what I was doing or making comments about it. I would not be as rude as Mr. Van Daan however, and I would respectfully tell Anne that her constant comments were starting to become pestering.
Journal Entry #3
In Scene 4, it is revealed how Dussel feels about Anne. Peter relieves his stress through his cat, Mr. Van Daan smokes, and these are all relatively harmless stress relievers that do not bother anyone. However, Anne has nightmares and screams in her sleep. She starts to scream which awakens Mr. Dussel who is sleeping in the same room as her. Paranoid, Mr. Dussel tries to wake Anne and silence her so that they wouldn’t be heard from anyone that might be outside. Dussel can’t tolerate her interrupting his sleep anymore. Dussel states, “Something has to be done about that child, Mrs. Frank. Yelling like that! She’s endangering all our lives.”(Goodrich and Hackett 816) This shows that Mr. Dussel is very paranoid and is bothered by the noise Anne makes at night. Dusell does not realize how traumatic the experience is on a young girl's life, and is ignorant of the fact it is a natural human emotion. If I were Dussel, I would not be selfish about amount of sleep and accept the fact she’s scared. I would try to comfort her, and even though Anne would be endangering their hideout, support her the best I could.
Logan Rambo and Kendall Ozorowski
Journal Entry #4
In Act 2, it is revealed that the relationship between Anne and Peter change. Throughout the time the families were in hiding, their tolerance of each other changed. At first, they were shy and eventually became very comfortable with each other. However, Anne and Peter’s relationship changed the most. Anne was pestering to Peter at most times, and he could never seem to escape Anne. Peter eventually adapted to her childish manner, and better accepted it. As Anne matured, Peter began to realize he liked this new, sincere, practical Anne. Peter says to Anne, “You’ve changed… from at first, I mean.” (Goodrich and Hackett 852) This shows how Peter has recognized the change in maturity in Anne, and expresses it to her how he can tolerate it now. As a relationship begins to form between the two, they begin spending a lot more time together. They begin to form an intimate relationship. This shows that Anne is no longer childish to Peter, and he now actually enjoys being around her. Before, Peter could not stand being with Anne, but now all he wants to do is be with her. I would want to form a close relationship with someone in a tough time like that. They would act as my support, and it would make the experience more bearable. Having a special someone like Anne had would give me something to look forward to in a time of misery.
Journal Entry #5
In this scene, tolerance of others is revealed through the argument between the group because of the cake Meip brought. For celebration of the Allies landing on the beach and starting the invasion, Meip brings a small cake to the group in hiding. They are jubilant because of two things, the end of the war seems to be near, and they finally get to taste something sweet and sugary. When they start to split the cake, disputes break out because of the size of each piece everyone is going to get. Mr. Dussel thinks Mrs. Van Daan always gives Mr. Van Daan a little bit more than everyone else, and this creates tension. Mr. Dussel shows his concern by saying “Yes. Yes. Everybody gets exactly the same. Except Mr. Van Daan always get a little bit more.”(Goodrich and Hackett 838) This shows that everyone in the group is starting to see each others habits whether they are good or bad. Whenever the group is splitting up food, Mrs. Van Daan tries to give her husband a little more food than everyone else, and this creates controversy through the group. I would have reacted the same was Mr. Dussel did because food rations are very small and it would anger me to see someone receive more food than me.
Journal Entry #6
Throughout their time in hiding, the Franks were able to deal with the challenges presented by the differing personality traits of the Van Daans. The Franks believe in giving equal food rations and good health. The Van Daans were materialistic and selfish. As time went on, food dividends began to get smaller and smaller. Everyone was hungry, but Mr. Van Daan felt he was more important and found it necessary to steal food. Once Mrs. Frank found out he was taking food, she lost her tolerance. She angrily states, “ He steals once! He’ll steal again! I want them to leave!”(Goodrich and Hackett 857) This shows how Mrs. Frank will no longer stand for their selfish acts and wants them to leave for it. Dussel was also infuriated over his selfishness. Mr. Dussel is so angry that he tries to strangle him for what he has done. He is enraged that Mr. Van Daan is eating more than the rest of them. If I were Mrs. Frank, I would react the same way. I would also be outraged, and would not accept any excuses for such selfish acts.
Logan Rambo and Kendall Ozorowski
Throughout the period of the Holocaust, the theme of tolerance of others was revealed in large, international scale and was also shown by a small, individualized scale. Hitler lost his tolerance of the Jews. His idea of “eliminating the problem” was to wipe out the entire race, or genocide. All the Jewish families went into a state of panic knowing their lives were in danger. There are many written accounts of family’s times in hiding, but Anne Frank’s diary reveals a particularly interesting time of suppression. Anne and her family’s experience reveals a perfect example of how fast tolerance of others can change. The Frank and Van Daan families stayed together in hiding for a little longer than two years. The families met each other for the first time when they went into hiding in 1942, they were very polite and considerate. Before they were discovered in 1944, Mrs. Frank was trying to get the Van Daans to leave. The overall tolerance relationships between the families majorly changed. Throughout the whole time in hiding, Mr. Van Daan was stealing food for himself from meager food rations. When he was finally caught, everyone was infuriated. Mr. Dussel tried to strangle him, and Mrs. Frank lost her patience for the families selfish, materialistic manner. She angrily stated, “...but not any longer! Not after this! Now I want him to go! Now I want him to get out of here!”(Goodrich and Hacket 854) This shows how Mrs. Frank lost her tolerance of Me. Van Daan and his selfish manner.
Final Entry (Continued)
She cannot stand to be with such greedy people, and will not offer them shelter anymore. However, the relationship between Anne and Peter was the opposite. Anne was pestering to Peter at most times, and he could never seem to escape Anne. Peter eventually adapted to her childish manner, and better accepted it. As Anne matured, Peter began to realize he liked this new, sincere, practical Anne. Peter says to Anne, “You’ve changed… from at first, I mean.” (Goodrich and Hackett 852). This shows how Peter has recognized the change in maturity in Anne, and expresses it to her how he can tolerate it now. As a relationship begins to form between the two, they begin spending a lot more time together. They begin to form an intimate relationship. Anne’s written accounts teach us to keep an open mind, and to not put all your trust into someone. Anne’s perspective and standpoint of Peter changed. Before, she could barely stand him, but by the end she began to love him. The accounts with the Van Daans revealed that if you put your trust into someone, they may abuse it. Tolerance of others occurs today. There are always certain people you do not like, but you have to cooperate and tolerate them.
Logan Rambo and Kendall Ozorowski
Prentice Hall Literature. Penguin ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2007. Print.