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A critical point about Anne Frank's diary is that it was written during the years of her adolescence. She struggled with many typical teenage problems--yearning for her own space away from adult meddling, burgeoning sexuality, and the quest for her own identity--in an enclosed space with little privacy. Anne continually questions herself and spends most of the diary trying to figure out what kind of person she is. She berates herself for her selfishness, agonizes over the fate of her friends, and tries and tries to be "good" in the way her parents would like her to be. Towards the end of the diary, she comes to the crucial conclusion that though she may not be the way others would like her to be, she is her own person and she respects herself. These discoveries make "Diary" a bildungstroman in the tradition of great coming-of-age novels.