The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Describe the relationships between Anne and her father and her mother.

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Frank frequently wrote of her difficult relationship with her mother, and of her ambivalence towards her. On 7 November 1942 she described her "contempt" for her mother and her inability to "confront her with her carelessness, her sarcasm and her hard-heartedness," before concluding, "She's not a mother to me."[28] Later, as she revised her diary, Frank felt ashamed of her harsh attitude, writing: "Anne, is it really you who mentioned hate, oh Anne, how could you?"[29] She came to understand that their differences resulted from misunderstandings that were as much her fault as her mother's, and saw that she had added unnecessarily to her mother's suffering. With this realization, Frank began to treat her mother with a degree of tolerance and respect.[30]


Anne's relationship with her father is that of a "daddy's girl." She thinks he can do no wrong (unlike her mother) and is completely loyal to him. Mr. Frank is the one person who can get through to Anne, no matter how she is feeling. She gives her father all of the love she withholds from her mother. Note, she is at an age where this is quite normal. Anne Frank has been analyzed over and over again for the things she wrote in her diary, and sometimes we tend to scrutinize far more than necessary. She was a teenage girl...... enough said.