So here's the thing, we had to write an essay for G Dawg about one of the characters and three personality traits that made them admirable or non admirable based on these traits. I chose Mr. Frank because he is one of my heroes. And I started this essay and 1:p.m.and finished at 3:10 p.m. all to produce one of the most beautiful, six paged pieces of literature to be known in this world. I will post it for you here. I un-MLA'd it for your pleasure.
The Oh-So-Admirable Mr. Frank, Who Can Teach You a Thing or Two About Tomato Growing Season
Inspirational, Patient, Tolerant
Whispering. Tip-toeing. Cautiousness. Such is the manner and atmosphere of the Secret Annex, where eight innocent people are in hiding, unable to use the toilet, make any unnecessary noise, or walk without their shoes on between the hours of eight in the morning to six in the evening. These poor innocent people are all Jewish, considered lower than dogs by the Nazi and Anti-Semite society all because of their religion and beliefs, regardless of whether they are wholesome and good people or not. The man responsible: Adolf Hitler, powerful dictator of almost all of Europe to whom all of the blame should be thrust upon for the oppression and murder of almost the entire Jewish population, which was merely only a minority to begin with. In The Diary of Anne Frank, a play based on 13-year-old Anne Frank’s real diary, Anne, her family, and another family in addition are all hiding in the Secret Annex, living every day of their new lifestyle in fear of the Gestapo and being caught. Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, this story takes place during the Holocaust, and is a tragic story of these two families, striving for love and courage despite their harsh conditions. Mr. Frank, Anne’s father, maintains his good character throughout the entire play, and because of this, becomes successful with keeping an acceptable level of peace, tranquility and optimism alive in the Secret Annex. Because he is inspirational, tolerant, and patient, Mr. Frank is by far one of the most admirable characters in the play.
It would be a crime to say that Mr. Frank is not an inspiration to society. He demonstrates this amazing quality by bringing together two families with the sole purpose of protecting them from the Jew-hating world around them. He could easily be risking the lives of his own family by just living a normal life, but no, not only did he protect his own family, but the Van Daans as well. Plus, later on, he takes in another man, Albert Dussel, and this is inspiring because it shows his compassion for not only wanting to protect his own family, but to make good by protecting another family and a stranger as well. A second inspirational thing about Mr. Frank is how he held his daughter above him after she died. At the end of the play, Mr. Frank is reading a passage from Anne’s diary aloud to Miep Gies, which states: “In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.” Mr. Frank responds to this by saying, “She puts me to shame” (p. 281). What Mr. Frank means is that after all that happened within the Annex, he no longer believed people were good at heart, and thus making Anne more forgiving than him. A man like Mr. Frank holding his 15 year old daughter superior to himself is truly inspirational because he is being respectful to the spirit of Anne, whose name would later be a common household name all over the world.
Mr. Frank is the most patient person in the entire play. There were many instances when the other occupants of the Annex were about to blow their top, but Mr. Frank remained patient through thick and thin. One of these instances was when the office below the Annex was being broken into during a Hanukkah celebration. The Franks, the Van Daans and Dussel are all extremely frantic and worried as they stay motionless. Mr. Frank takes charge and claims he was going down to check things out, which was unquestionable in the others’ minds. When Mr. Frank comes back up, Anne is in a state of terror and Mr. Frank calmly assures her, “The danger has passed. Don’t be so terrified, Anne. We’re safe” (p. 255). Mr. Frank was being extremely patient during the whole break in scene; because the burglars could have been thieves, or they could have been the Gestapo coming to take everyone away. Mr. Frank calmly waits and does not show is he is scared, fidgety or frantic during an extremely tense time. Instead, he lets his inner Buddha shine through which helps the other Annex personas to follow his example. Another time he maintains patience is during all meal times. During dinnertime, Mr. Frank wants everyone to help themselves to food before him, and must observe that everyone is served and content before he serves himself to eat. In addition to making sure everyone is satisfied, he must endure Mr. Van Daan’s greed as he appears to take an excess amount of time to give himself excess of portions of their already scarce and minimal food. Mr. Frank chooses to remain patient through all mealtimes when Mr. Van Daan’s greediness is consistent and tedious. Why doesn’t Mr. Frank upturn the table and form a tirade? Because he is a premium man and looks down on such impatient behavior.
Mr. Frank’s tolerance is very much a prestigious trait he must have been born with. Take, for example, the constant times when Dussel makes numerous excursions to the one bathroom that everyone in the Annex shares and proceeds to take a very extensive time while inside. While everyone, particularly the ladies, of the Annex seem to be combating for their time in the bathroom and criticizing each others’ needs for the toilet, Mr. Frank never once complains or engages is bathroom warfare because as indicated before, Otto Frank is a tolerant man who does not mind the time the others consume in the bathroom because he respects their needs and beliefs that the bathroom is a sacred place. Most likely one of the most maximal times when Mr. Frank demonstrates first-rate tolerance is when Mr. Van Daan is caught stealing food late into the night. Mrs. Frank feels strongly that Mr. Van Daan must leave since according to her, he must have been stealing all along since he gets fatter every day. Mr. Frank repeatedly tries to convince Mrs. Frank that no one will be leaving the Annex when finally, he cannot withstand the arguing and makes a profound mini-speech: “For two long years, we have lived here, side by side. We have respected each other’s rights…we have managed to live in peace. Are we now going to throw it all away? I know this will never happen again, will it, Mr. Van Daan?” (p. 273). Mr. Van Daan, of course, replies by saying it will not happen again. The fact that Mr. Frank could forgive such a greedy man after he snuck around to steal food for himself shows that Mr. Frank was probably the most tolerant man on earth at that precise moment. Others, such as Mrs. Frank would probably not had forgiven Mr. Van Daan and kicked him out if they had a say in the matter, even if they were generally good people Mr. Van Daan most likely would have been on the streets long ago. It is a significant thing that Mr. Frank existed during those times, or else there would be no tolerant man to stand apart from others and take a stand.
In conclusion, Mr. Frank is highly admirable because of his inspiration, patience and tolerance. Who knows what life in the Annex could have been like if there were no Mr. Frank to keep things in line? Surely everyone would have killed each other for lack of Mr. Frank’s patience or tolerance. Otto Frank is even more inspiring in addition to the examples mentioned previously, for the reason that he spent a very long time fulfilling his daughter’s dreams of getting her diary becoming published after the war. Perhaps Mr. Frank wanted Anne’s diary to be published for a different reason than Anne wanted; Anne wanted her diary to be published after the war in hopes of becoming a famous writer and thus offering a first hand account of the adventures and perils that occurred in the Secret Annex. However, perhaps Mr. Frank published his daughter’s diary in hopes of keeping her spirit alive for generations and to remind people to be thankful for the health and prosperity they are living amongst, for it could be as bad as having to hide for two years only to be literally shipped off to your death after being liberated in the fresh air for too short a moment. Mr. Frank’s hopes turned into reality: Anne Frank’s diary is now published in numerous editions and read in various different languages all over the world. Otto Frank is the reason that, though Anne Frank may be dead in reality, her spirit forever lives on.
Now, onto a similar matter, Everything is Illuminated. I saw the movie first, and it was truly remarkable. It is about an American guy named Jonathan who hires a translator in Ukraine named Alex who speaks butchered english and a driver, who is Alex's grandpappy, to help him find the woman who saved his own grandfather from the Nazis. It is melancholy, beautiful, ugly, and hilarious all at the same time. Ever since then it became highly regarded on my list of favoritely amazing movies. Only after we started learning about the Holocaust in shallow depth (of that makes sense) in English did I realize this movie related to the subject obviously. Well, I stumbled upon the book at Borders and became truly giddy and was anxious to read it. It was awaiting a very long line since I was reading Wicked, and afterward read Anne Frank and wouldn't read this book until I was done the previous two. Well I started the book on Friday night and I am proud to say that I am more than halfway done. I am savoring every page though, so don't think I am just zooming through it. However I still seem to be zooming through it even though I am drinking in every word of every page. The book is so deep, there are three events happening all at once, one in the past, one in the present, and one in the future. It is phenomenal. The book is also melancholy and beautiful and wonderful and I have laughed a lot, and been filled with sadness a lot. I actually would not trade that book in for 1 million dollars. It is too good for that. Because in the end of the day it's sitting down with a truly wonderful book that matters, not wealth. I advise you to read it. I am truly attached to this book.