I would be able to be a protector like Miep and Mr. Kraler, even knowing I would suffer the same fate as the Jews. The reason I would be a protector is because there is nothing that makes my life any more valuable than that of a Jewish person. If I had the chance to help but didn’t, I would feel guilty that rest of my life knowing that if I made one simple decision, I could have saved an innocent person’s life. Even though being tortured would be a painful and horrendous thing to have to live through, I would feel better knowing that I did the courageous and rare thing of being a protector. Just because I am not Jewish, that does not make me anymore special, smart, or superior than a Jew.
The person I think who would be the hardest to get along with would be Mrs. Frank. The reason why I think so is because she is uptight and overbearing. Mrs. Frank and Margot always get annoyed with Anne and get angry with her. They don’t seem to like having fun and Mrs. Frank acts like Anne is an improper child. Mrs. Frank constantly compares Anne to Margot and it is obvious she favors Margot over Anne. Mrs. Frank says, “It isn’t necessary to fight to do it. Margot doesn’t fight, and isn’t she…?” This shows that Mrs. Frank wants Anne to follow in Margot’s foot steps and act more like her. She wishes that Anne would act more mature, proper, and quiet.
At the end of the scene, Anne talks about all the things she would like to do again. She says she wants to ride her bike again, laugh, to have new clothes, to have a hot tub, and be back at school with her friends. If I were in hiding, I would wish to be able to hang out with my friends again, swim in a pool in the summer, sled in the snow, and go on family vacations beach. The reason these things would be important for me to do again is because these are my favorite things to do. It would be important for me to see my friends and go on family vacations because my friends and family are the most important things to me and I don’t know what I would do knowing I might never see them again. It would also be important to me to sled and swim because those are two things that bring me joy. If I were in hiding and couldn’t do these things, I would feel deprivation and misery.
In the first scene of Act 2, we start to notice a change in Anne. Earlier, in the scenes in Act 1, Anne focused only on arguments that were of trivial matters. Now in this scene, Anne seems as if she has lost hope in all her time being spent here. She used to be so joyous and full of life. She used to have so much hope that they would not stay in hiding for long and not be captured. She thought they would be freed of this cruelty and would not have to worry about getting captured and sent to a camp. In this scene, she feels as if there's no point in hiding or fighting against the Holocaust anymore, as if she does not see a point in trying anymore if they would just get captured anyway. I also tend to notice in this scene how much more considerate she is of others, their feelings, and how well they are doing.
During this scene, there is a point where the phone rings. Mr. Frank decides not to answer the phone, for fear someone would find, or did find out where they were in hiding. He did not want the person on the other line to know they were there, so he refused to answer it. Meanwhile, Mr. Dussel wanted someone to answer the phone and almost answered it himself because he felt it was Miep calling to warn them of something or tell them of important news. I definitely would not answer the phone because it is better to be safe than sorry. Even if it was Miep and she was in danger, there would still be Mr. Kraler. Also, she knew she would suffer a terrible fate, yet she volunteered to protect the families. If she was in danger, she knew it would come eventually. Therefore, I would decided not to pick up the phone, like Mr. Frank. Under no circumstances could anyone know we were in hiding in a warehouse.
The very last quote that Mr. frank reads from Anne’s diary is, “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” This quote makes us, as readers, understand how Anne felt and reveals more of her personality. From this quote, we know Anne, even with knowing people can be cruel, mean, frustrating, or annoyed with her, she still believes that every single person has some good in them. This really shows us how and why she kept her hope for so long. She was always optimistic and cared for others. This is always important to her and her remembering that because many others do not see people in that way that she does. The world can be filled with such negativity, so she needs to be reminded of that quote, so she does not ever feel the need to feel complete hatred toward others.