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Though diarists don't often use symbolism, certain emotional touchstones turn up regularly in The Diary of a Young Girl and help convey Anne Frank's experiences and thoughts.

Chestnut Tree

Anne comes to cherish the only tree she can see from her confined space. "Our chestnut tree is in full bloom," she writes on May 13, 1944. "It's covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year." For someone trapped indoors, the tree provides natural beauty and marks the passing of the seasons. More importantly, it provides a sense of permanence. Anne's world is painfully changed, but the tree is always there.

Cats

When Anne and her family move into the Secret Annex, they're forced to leave their cat, Moortje, behind for a neighbor. For Anne, this is a terrible loss. "I miss her every minute of the day, and no one knows how often I think of her; whenever I do, my eyes fill with tears," she writes on July 12, 1942. The cats in the Secret Annex not only keep away rats, they provide affection and occasional humor, and are integral participants in the lives of the residents.

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