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Diary of Anne Frank Discussion Question #5

Are Anne’s experiences as a teenager markedly different because of the war? Why or why not?

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  1. Hannah Garrett on said:

    Anne’s experiences as a teenager are not that markedly different than any other teenager just because of the war. She still has to deal with adults scrutinizing her actions, being compared to a sibling, and going through adolescence and a rebellious phase like many other teenagers in the world. Considering the fact she was still in the middle of a war on the Jewish faith, she still had to deal with “normal” teenage life.

    • Yes, Anne’s experiences are differant for a teenager because of the war. She is not able to go out and “hang” with her friends, or go out and ride a bike like all the other non-jews girls or guys. She can’t do all that becasue she is a jew and if someone see the bright yellow star on there clothing thay can tell on Anne and get her and her family taken away to a consentration camp. So Anne’s life as a teenager is rough, and that is all because of hitler and the war.

  2. Hannah Bettag on said:

    Yes, some of Annes experiences being a teenager are different. She can not go out of the Annex until the war is over. She had to wear the star of David on her clothes, and is now looked down upon because she is Jewish. she can’t even hang out with friends. She lives her life in fear and it shouldn’t be that way for her. Especially as a teenager.

  3. Delanie Burgess on said:

    Anne’s experiences of a teenager are markedly different because of war. Some teenagers have a little fear in their lives, but they don’t live their lives in fear. Ever since Anne has been in the Secret Annex, she has lived every single day knowing that she can be dragged out of her Annex, separated from her family, and killed. She knows that she can die because she is Jewish, something she can’t even help! Most teenagers don’t have to deal with that! Also, Anne has only “hung out” with Peter, who isn’t even a true friend, its only because of being locked up together for two years. Most teenagers “hang out” with friends more than anything, and Anne can’t do that anymore because of the war. The war has changed her teenager life completely, by not being able to “hang out” with friends, see the world around her, and to go out and do what ever she wants. The war has made a significate difference in Anne’s teenage life.

  4. I think Anne’s experience as a teenager are effected by the war because she is in the house all day and they can’t be very loud. In the story it also says her only friend is Peter and even Peter and her weren’t as close. She says it’s hard to make friends because of what she is going through and she can’t come out of the house. I think these are reasons why her teenage years are marked differently because of the war.

  5. Victoria Terry on said:

    The war has impacted Anne’s life as a teenager very much because, since she is stuck hiding in the Secret Annex, she can not go be with her friends, besides Peter. There is also no other girl her age to talk to about everything she is going through right now. Because of her current situation, Anne also can not go to school like any normal teenagers her age would. She also can not go outside, participate in any sports activities, or have a good time like regular teenagers do. So yes, Anne’s experiences as a teenager are markedly different because of the war.

  6. Taylor Christie on said:

    I believe Anne’s experiences are markedly different because of the war. I think this because Anne is not able to go outside to ride her bike which is one of her favorite things to do. She also cannot hang out with her friends, go to school, and she has to wear a yellow star on her clothes. She also can’t talk very loud because she is in hiding, and most teenagers especially girls love to talk. Most teenagers do not have to do this because they are not going through war, but Anne is making the most of her situation.

  7. Cage Street on said:

    Annes expieriences are markedly diffrent as a teenager because of the war. Most teens don’t have to sit in a very compact area for 2-3 years straight. She can’t go outside either and can’t really have any friends besides Peter Van Daan. This shows how Anne’s expieriences are diffrent from other teens.

  8. Jared Chapman on said:

    Anne’s experiences as a teenager are markedly different because of the war. If the war wouldn’t have happened, Anne wouldn’t have to live in a secret annex. Also most teenagers would be able to play or hang out with their friends. So, I would say that Anne’s experiences as a teenager are markedly different because of the war.

  9. Andrew Carranza on said:

    There was a huge difference because of the war. She couldn’t do any of the stuff that a regular teenage girl could do. The war forced her and her family to go into hiding. She couldn’t go out with her friends or she had a great chance of being found and sent to one of the concentration camps. If she would do anything public she would have that same risk. It would have been a terrible time to live as a Jew in her time period.

  10. Cole Elliott on said:

    Yes, there was a little change in Anne because of the war. She is nicer and less annoying. It could just be because she is growing up so she is getting more mature. So Anne has changed because of the war.

  11. Kade Fleming on said:

    Anne’s experiences of a teenager are markedly different because of war. The passage states that Anne is not able to be like a regular teenager because she can’t get out in the fresh air, and she can’t talk to any of her true friends. The passage also states that Anne is getting in depression much more than usual because she is growing up. Anne needs someone to talk to about her difficulties besides her parents and that can’t happen be she is trapped in the “secret annex” for two whole years! The war played a huge role on Anne’s teenage life.

  12. Macy Cato on said:

    Anne’s experiences of a teenager are markedly different because of the war in many ways! Anne did not get to have her friends with her, she did not get to go outside and play. The war kept Anne from having the real experience of being a teenager. She grew up quickly by the end of the story. It showed in many different ways. I think that if it wasn’t for the war she would still have more of her childhood left. The war made a drastic change on Anne’s teenage experience.

  13. Mattie Toone on said:

    Some of Anne’s experiences being a teenager are markedly different. She cannot go outside of the annex until the war is entirely finished. She had to wear the star of David on her clothing, must stay cooped up in a small part of a building in order to remain alive, and is now treated terribly because of her religion, Jewish. She cannot even spend time with her friends. Plus, the thought of not knowing ehat exactly is happening to some of her close friends is rough enough. She lives her life in complete fear and it should not be that way for her, especially since she is a young teenager.

  14. Ryan Lockard on said:

    Most of Anne experiences are different from a teenager today because she was locked away in the Secret Annex for 2 years. Anne missed out on socializing with her friends. All she had to talk to was Peter. At first she says in the story she wishes the Van Danns had a girl, but by the end of the story she was glad Peter was with her.

  15. Sydney Stippler on said:

    Yes, Anne Frank’s experiences as a teenager were definitely different than most’s because of the war. For example, instead of hanging out with friends or taking a walk in the park, Anne was locked up in a secret hiding place, forced to be silent. While most teenagers were out getting their hair done or shopping for cute outfits, Anne Frank was washing her hair with toilet water and wearing what few clothes she owned, all with a Star of David sewn on the outside. Those were just a few things Anne suffered through because of WWI, while other teenagers in other countries were busy having the times of their lives.

  16. Mallory Barron on said:

    Anne’s experiences as a teenager was markedly different because of the war. Anne would have been banned from school, and she was made to wear a star, as a mark of her religion. This would have made her feel like an outcast. She had to leave her home, and all of her personal items. She had to spend years in hiding in a small annex. Anne would have lived in fear of being captured, or even death. Her normal life as she knew it, was completely changed.

  17. Taylor Cates on said:

    The war is the reason why her teenage life is so different than ours. Probably 90% of the teenagers, now, don’t have to live like she did. Our life that we live is nothing compared to the life that she experienced during the war. Even her life in the Annex has such a huge impact on her life. There is no way that most of us can’t do what she did as a teenager. The life that she had is nothing like the life that we have now.

  18. Jessi Peistrup on said:

    Yes, Anne’s experiences as a teenager were markedly different because of the war. Anne had to spend two whole years with her parents and very few other people hiding from the Nazis, instead of going to school. The text also states she couldn’t go outside or socialize with her friends, because she would be caught. The only real friend she had in hiding to talk to was Peter. In the text, Anne says her and her best friend would hangout a lot before the war. This shows that the war changed Anne’s life markedly.

  19. Lindsay on said:

    Yes, I think that Anne’s experiences as a teenager were markedly different because of the war. This is because she was not able to go outside or hangout with her friends. As a teenager, your friends are the people who get you through things, and, in the Annex, all she had was Peter and a diary. She was also not able to go to school and learn new things like us teenagers now do everyday. She did not really get to live her teenage life the way she probably would have liked to. The war made a big impact on Anne’s teenage years.

  20. Emily Gulledge on said:

    Yes, I believe Anne’s experiences as a teenager are different because of the war. She wasn’t able to jump, run, or go outside for a long time. The text states that Anne looked out the window sometimes to see a baby playing outside and kids her age playing with their friends wishing she could be outside like them. She didn’t have any people her age to play with while in the Annex besides Peter who was 3 or so years older than her. She wasn’t able to go to school like we do today in the Annex and her dad taught her instead of an actual teacher. In the text, Mr. Frank offers to help teach Anne algebra since she didn’t exactly have anyone teaching her while in the annex. She experienced many of things that weren’t what anyone at her age would want to experience like being stuck inside for two years and being deprived of hunger and thirst. No one should have gone through that then because they didn’t deserve it. I believe that Anne’s experiences as a teenager are different because of the war.

  21. Madison Meese on said:

    Anne’s experiences are markedly different because of war. She can’t leave the annex until the war is over. She gets to watch families live normal lives outside of a window. Anne can’t even hang out with her friends or associate with them. She is stuck in a little house all because of the war.

  22. Katelyn Le on said:

    There was a big difference because of the war. Anne couldn’t do any of the things that a typical teenage girl would do. They were forced to go into hiding because they were Jewish. She wasn’t able go out with her friends and lived in fear of being found by the Gestapo. Teenage girls do not have to hide in fear of being killed because of her race. Her teenage experience was very different than a normal teens life.

  23. cburkdoll2020 on said:

    Her experiences are very much different than most teenagers, even around that time when the was had consumed so many people. Hiding for two years, just to stay alive, and being killed because of her religion isn’t exactly what most teenagers have in mind. Her thoughts are pretty much the same though. She philosophises about why humans are even capable of doing certain things, and why to them. She sorta sheds light on the situation, but also is in the forgiving state where she fathoms that everybody is truely good, hoping for the evil people in the world to redeem themselves. Like most people her age, she also has the experience of convulsing emotions about Peter. First she didn’t like him, then she starts to talk to him, and soon enough, they kiss. Im not sure if that was actually something out of love, or just right at the time, but I’m sure you understand my point.

  24. Riley Holzmeyer on said:

    Anne’s experiences are extremely different because of the war. Do you think that they would have lived in the secret Annex for 2 years if there wasn’t a war. Also if there wasn’t a war Anne would be going to school and would be aloud to go outside. Also there Hanukkah would of actually had presents from the parents on all 8 days if there wasn’t a war. They couldn’t do any of this because if they would of they would of got caught and get sent to concentration camps. They would of also had a greater risk of being killed if they wouldn’t have been hidden during the war. So that is why they had to stay in the Annex.

  25. Cassie Carlile on said:

    I think Anne’s experience as a teenager is markedly different because of the war because she can’t do a lot of things normal teenagers do. In the story, she says that her only close friend is really Peter anymore. She states that Margot is great, but she is too serious, and can’t understand Anne like Peter does. Most teenagers have a lot of friends. Anne is also in hiding, so she cannot be very loud. This is quite different considering most teenage girls are very loud to be around. This is why I think Anne is different than other teenagers due to the war.

  26. Reid McIntire on said:

    I think that Anne’s experiences are marked differently as a teenager because she wasn’t able to experience what a teenager should be able to do. One example from the text is that she longed to go outside and play with her friends instead of being cooped up in a small annex. Another example from the text is that Anne stated that she wanted to hang out with her best friend, Jopie, but she never got the the chance to do so. I think a teenager should always need to spend time with a best friend! I believe that this proves that Anne’s experiences are marked differently as a teenager.

  27. Garrett Eich on said:

    Anne’s experience as a teenager is most definitely different because of the war. She has spent two years of her life stuck in hiding, the stress from it all probably almost drove them into insanity. She talks on how much she morns for the day that she gets to go outside and do the things she used to with her best friend, Jopie. She uses her diary to express her feelings in and this I think is her only companion. I know that her experience was marked differently, because of the pressure of the Holocaust.

  28. Yes, I believe that Anne’s teenage life is markedly different because of the war. Most teenagers hang out with their friends and go out. Anne had a little different experience than most. Being in the annex for years, she did not get to experience any of that. The only friends she even has are her diary and Peter. This definitely helps, but she cannot go anywhere with them. The only place her and Peter can even talk is in his bedroom. I would say the way made an unfortunate impact on Anne’s teenage experiences.

  29. Haley Rich on said:

    I believe that Anne’s experiences as a teenager are different because of the war. She doesn’t get to have any freedom, because she is stuck in the secret annex. She can’t go hangout with her friends whenever. The only person she even could talk to was Peter, and he wasn’t even her age. I can’t imagine not being able to experience those things.

  30. Yes, because the war has given her sadness, anger and fear more then ever. She was trapped and locked in the Secret Annex for her own safety. However, she couldn’t do anything for a very long time during the day. The only person that she could interact or talk to was just Peter and her Diary. I feel very sad for what she has to go through for her own safety.

  31. Megan Centers on said:

    I think a part of Anne’s teenage years were different because of the war. According to the text, Anne is living her life in sadness, fear, and constant arguing. Your teenage years are supported to be when you figure out where you want to go with your life. Anne could not have done this because she was hiding and terrified of being caught. The text also states that Anne was very emotional. I think that this is normal. Most teenagers get very emotional at times. I think that some of Anne’s experiences are different because of the war.

  32. Jonathan Woodward on said:

    Anne’s experiences are different because of the war. If there wasn’t a war she would have had a a normal life. Since the war she was not aloud out of the Annex or hang with her friends for years. Also she couldn’t make noise at all during the day or her family would get caught and taken to concentration camps. Teens nowadays get to hang with friends and be social. Back then Anne couldn’t do any socializing at all besides during certain hours.

  33. Eli Reeves on said:

    I would say yes, because she is locked up in a annex for almost 2 whole years now! She has said that she misses her friend Jopie. She has also stated that she misses going to school and seeing all of her friends. I myself, would also miss out on all your childhood fun.

  34. jacob mcgill on said:

    Yes I think that the war has afected her teenage life by hiding with people you know for two years and not getting out side to see other people and she wants to go to school again but she cant and that would make a big afect on her just siting doing the samething everyday.

  35. Sydney Rexing on said:

    I think Anne’s experiences as a teenager are markedly differently because of the war. I feel that way because most teenagers get to hang out with their friends, and in hiding she doesn’t have that opportunity. The text states that she misses her friend Jopie and when she found out that she had been sent to the camps, I felt so bad for her. The text also states that she sometimes wished she could be a normal teenager. I absolutely agree with her. This shows that she wasn’t a normal teenager that could do what they wanted and hang out with her friends, she must of really missed out on that.

    • Aryanna Fellows on said:

      I think Anne’s experiences as a teenager was definitely different because of the war. It was different because Anne couldn’t go out and hang out with her friends whenever she wanted. She couldn’t go outside and ride her bike. She had to be cramped up in an Annex with another family. Anne couldn’t talk to anyone outside of the Annex. Not even her best friend. Even in the Annex, there were certain hours that she had to be quiet and not make any noise. I think that Anne’s teenage experience was absolutely different because of the war.

  36. cole T on said:

    I think that it was very important that we found this diary because it is the only known diary we have found from WW2. And the cool thing is its from a thirteen year old girls point of view. I would say this book made a impact on me because there was more imformation in the book about the Nazis and WW2

  37. cole T on said:

    I think her experiences are very different because of the war and the Nazis because and cant hang with any of her friend or have sleep overs and stuff like that because she was trapped inside of that annex until the war would end so i think its very sad that she never got to experience what we teens do today.

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