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Anne Frank

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The Diary of a Young Girl | Motifs


Outgrown Clothes

As Anne Frank grows, her few clothes become tight and tattered, a source of constant anxiety for her. She even makes up an imaginary shopping list of every garment she wishes she could buy. "Mother and Margot have shared the same three undershirts the entire winter," she writes on May 2, 1943, "and mine are so small they don't even cover my stomach." For Anne, it's not just that the clothes no longer fit; it's that being dressed so shabbily seems like a sign of degeneracy to her. Can the Franks "ever hope to regain the position we had before the war?"


For most captives, mealtimes are the highlights of the day, and the same is true of the people in the Secret Annex. But mealtime problems abound, the main one being that food becomes scarce and of low quality as the war continues. Conflicts arise over how the food supply is divided among the residents. Because the residents are always together, mealtime conversations are often argumentative or maddeningly repetitive.

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