Anne Frank’s Legacy
The legacy and image of Anne Frank has changed and altered throughout time and various adaptations of her and her story. Through analysis of Anne’s personal diary, The Diary of a Young Girl, and comparing it to The Diary of Anne Frank the theater version by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, The Diary of Anne Frank the film adaptation directed by George Stevens, Anne Frank Remembered film by Jon Blair, and The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth, it is evident that Anne’s portrayal varies by each adaptation, causing her diverse presentations to influence the way Anne is remembered today. Regardless of her various presentations, Anne Frank’s image remains as a link to those millions of innocent human beings whose lives were taken during the Holocaust.
In The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank personally depicts her experiences and inner-thoughts while in hiding from the Nazis, preserving Anne’s personal point of view. For more than two years Anne Frank describes her daily life in hiding in her diary. As Anne and her family were deprived of the freedom to do as they wish, Anne occupied her time by writing, starting a diary that would keep her legacy alive long after the horrors of the Holocaust had ended. The image of Anne Frank depicted in her diary relate to the common teenage struggles, as she stands out so much because her personality is genuinely captured through the words of her diary, as she was a remarkably skillful writer while she was only thirteen to fifteen years old in hiding from the Nazis.
Through Anne’s self-presentation in her diary, she is the one who controls the readers’ viewpoints by showing her stream of consciousness through her private thoughts. Anne is so relatable because her words are sincere; she was able to depict the world around her very clearly, while simultaneously describing the world within her head, both the inside and outside world as she saw it. "Who else but me is ever going to read these letters? Who else but...