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Analysis on the character of Margot Frank

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An analysis on the character of Margot The Diary of Anne Frank has gripped the world from the moment it was first published in 1947 in Amsterdam, just 2 years after the war ceased. After years of enjoyment from the book, a play emerged in 1955 by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. The story begins in 1942, when Anne is 13. Nazi domination has spread to the Netherlands, and a segregated anti-Jewish community forces the Frank Family to go into hiding with another Jewish family called The Van Daans. Living in cramped conditions, with barely enough food to nourish the 7 of them, Anne kept a diary, pouring all the events, her emotions, feelings and thoughts into its pages. At the end of the 2 years and 8 months that the families were hiding for, they were found by the Green Police (a Nazi organisation designed to uncover unruly Jews hiding or otherwise, and remove them from the community) and taken to concentration camps, one of the Nazi's favourite forms of punishment for the Jews. When Anne died in 1945, just two months before her camp was released by British troops, Otto Frank, Anne's father, the only surviving member of the group, found and published the diary we all know today. Whilst reading the dramatised version of the diary, I took a particular interest in the character of Margot, and by thoroughly revising the script have analysed her character in this essay. In my first section of the essay, I will look at the scenes in which Margot's character plays a significant role, and suggest reasons for her behaviour. In Act 1 Scene 3, the scene opens on a tense atmosphere. Everyone has removed their shoes and they are still adjusting to the daily routine in the Annexe. It is a few minutes past 6 o'clock and Mr Frank is waiting anxiously by the window, waiting for the final workmen to leave the building before they can all relax. ...read more.

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There is the constant bickering between The Van Daans, the almost painful disagreement between Anne and her mother, the feuding in the previous scene between Anne and Peter, the arguments between Anne and Dussel and the silent war between Mrs Frank and The Van Daans. It appears that they went into hiding to get away from the affects of war onto them, but instead inside here they seem to be thrusting war upon themselves. The only two people who seem to be in constant harmony with everybody are Margot and Mr Frank. I believe it is in this way that the two of them are similar, as they are patient, tolerant and courteous towards everybody. In Act 1 Scene 5, Margot is delighted with the gift she received form Anne. Even though it is not new, and would seem pointless, she is elated, as it is something to do to relieve her boredom. We see her happiness when she says "It's wonderful Anne. Thank you." As always, she is gentle and modest, but she shows a great exuberance in joyous celebration of Hanukkah, and she is the most relaxed we have ever seen her. When Mr Frank turns to blow out the candle, Margot for once, not being her usual quiet self, makes a protest of tradition in the line "But Father, you're supposed to let them burn themselves out." This shows that Margot is not only quite pious and religious, but also a great lover of tradition. When the scene changes and they hear the noise, Margot is sent by her mother to get some water, stopped by Mr Van Daan and then sent forward again to get the water. It is a sign of her patience that she doesn't challenge this in any way. Margot is concerned about everyone's welfare, as it is shown when her father says he will go downstairs, to check when she says "No, Father. No. There may be someone there, waiting - it may be a trap." ...read more.

Conclusion

She becomes more helpful, and has less time for childish fun and games, like the time when she refuses Anne's invitation to dance with the comment "I have to help with supper" Margot, throughout the play hates arguments, and never once got into one. She always however, attempted to resolve the situation in the most sensible way possible. The time Mrs Frank had a large dispute with Mr Van Daan, she pleaded with her Mother "Stop it, please!" She avoided arguments by being gentle and polite to others, especially the Van Daans, who she was less familiar with. Anne however, was wild and unruly, and was also purposely cheeky, and almost went looking for an argument in Margot's eyes. Consequently, Margot was treated with the same respect as she gave out and others got on well with her, but with Anne's fiery temper, she was bound to get insults thrown back at her. In conclusion, the impression Margot makes on me is that she is an extremely humane girl who impresses everyone she meets. She is exceedingly clever, as we find out when Anne praises her work "Excellent, excellent, excellent, excellent!" She is also very patient and good-natured, as we see when Anne is crying Margot goes to comfort her, even though she is probably upset too, in the stage directions "(Margot puts her arm comfortingly around Anne)" I think by the end of the play, Margot had accepted the role of the hostess of the group, because Mrs Frank had seen enough. She is very wise, so she knew the chances of survival were slim, but positivity was their friend, no matter who was not. I believe Margot is a good role model to Anne because she has a better temper, and Anne has a very short one, but I also believe strongly that everyone should be their own person, because if everyone aspired to be the exact double of one person, the world would be very dull indeed. " I still believe people are really good at heart" - Anne Marie Frank 1929 - 1945 ...read more.

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