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Adolescence and Growing up

Anne’s diary is an exercise in introspection and contemplation; it charts its writer's gradual development from a flippant and petulant young girl phase to that of a mature, observant and reflective young woman. Adolescence marks the beginning of experience which teaches the value of accepting differences and learning to be patient. Although there was a lot of friction between Anne and the adults around her, we later find her making attempts to be peaceable where she listens rather than just talk.

The period of adolescence has a formative influence on a person’s mind, defining his/her character and behavior as he/she grows up. Growing up comes with its fair share of woes and struggles. We find Anne struggling with the two sides of her personality: the fun-loving happy-go-lucky side of ther and the more mature, meditative and insightful side that learns the difference between solitude and loneliness. Everyone seeks solace, comfort and companionship during such the times of distress. There is a lot of anger built up at being misunderstood and not being able to communicate. Thus, Anne would seek out Peter to discuss issues related to adolescence, to talk about boys-and-girls and to dissect the past, present and future. This period of growth, especially during wartime exigencies and seclusion in the annex, accelerated the transitional process for Anne.
Anne’s diary is an exercise in introspection and contemplation; it charts its writer's gradual development from a flippant and petulant young girl phase to that of a mature, observant and reflective young woman. Adolescence marks the beginning of experience which teaches the value of accepting differences and learning to be patient. Although there was a lot of …

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