Anne Frank Tackk, Joe Smith, 3/11/14
At the end of Act 2, Scene 4, Anne talks to Peter about what she feels is most meaningful, or essential, in life. The natural world seems to be a great source of happiness and reassurance for Anne. She says, “Look, Peter, the sky. What a lovely, lovely day! Aren’t the clouds beautiful?” (Goodrich 951). The clouds seem to represent Anne’s ability to dream and shows a desire to rise above the misery of their situation in the Secret Annex. Anne tells Peter, “when it seems as if I couldn’t stand being cooped up for one more minute … I think myself out” (Goodrich 951). This shows how much Anne values her dreams of being in a better place and time. The clouds represent how Anne has chosen to live in her own mind as much as possible. The strained situation that she and the others endure each day in the Annex has caused Anne to recreate a better world through her dreams.
Goodrich, Frances, Albert Hackett, and Anne Frank. The Diary of Anne Frank. Prentice Hall Literature. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2012. 855–956. Web. 11 March 2014. <http:// www.pearsonsuccessnet.com>.