Frank Family Van Daan Family Workers who are

The Diary of Anne Frank
A Play Adaptation by Goodrich and Hackett
Characters-Act I
Mr. Frank: Father of Anne
Mrs. Frank: Mother of Anne
Margot Frank: Older sister of Anne
Anne Frank: A thirteen year-old girl
Mr. Van Daan: Father of Peter
Mrs. Van Daan: Mother of Peter
Peter Van Dann: A boy about Anne’s age
Mr. Kraler: Worker at the business Mr. Frank owns
Miep Gies: Worker at the business Mr. Frank owns
Van Daan
Workers who
are helping the
families hide
Exposition (Setting):
The events take place in Amsterdam, Holland. The
family is forced into hiding in 1942, when Margot
receives deportation notice from the Gestapo. She has
been ordered to a “work camp” in Germany.
The building they use to hide in is the one that Mr.
Frank owned. His employees have pledged to help
conceal them.
The entrance to the hiding place is concealed by a bookcase with a
latching hook. When it is unlocked, it can swing open.
The play starts in 1945, after the end of the
war. Otto Frank and Miep Gies, one of
women who had helped conceal the Frank
family have returned to the hideout.
Miep hands over Anne’s diary to Otto.
Otto opens the diary, and starts to read.
The play then uses a flashback and
returns to 1942, when the family first went
into hiding.
Literary Terms
These terms are in your Literary Terms Packet as well as previous notes.
Theme: The main idea/concept of a piece of literature. (Not the topic!)
Examples: Triumph of human spirit, True friendship, Conflict with society
Flashback: Transition to an event that occurred earlier; returning to a time
frame that happened before the current time in the writing.
Characterization: The way a writer reveals the traits of characters. In
plays, most of the characterization is indirect and depends upon the
interpretation of the actors/audience.
Conflict: Internal or external struggle between opposing forces. (Man vs.
Man, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Society, Man vs. Self, Man vs. Fate)
Act I, Scene I
Foreshadowing: When Mr. Frank picks up a woman’s glove
from the floor of the secret annex, he breaks down and
starts to cry. What might this foreshadow? What reason
might he have for crying over a woman’s glove?
At this point in the play, how do you think Anne feels about
going into hiding?
Act. I, Scene II-Characterization
Before Anne says a single word, the stage directions on pg. 373 reveal
a bit about her character. What do we learn about her?
Read back over the exchange between Mrs. Frank and Mr. Kraler on
pg. 374. What does this reveal about Mrs. Frank’s character?
Mr. Kraler says, “I never thought I’d see the day when a man like Mr.
Frank would have to go into hiding. When you think-” This passage
reveals Mr. Kraler’s opinion of Mr. Frank. How does he regard him?
Describe Anne’s reaction to Peter when he is standoffish on pg. 377.
Act I, Scene II
How does Mr. Frank try to persuade Anne that hiding will
have certain advantages?
Imagine you were confined to three rooms-no contact
with the outside world. Tell two things that would be a
positive, and two things that would be a negative. (What
you would be happy to give up and what you would miss.)
Are the things you would miss similar to what Anne
Provide an adjective to describe each character.
Mr. Frank:
Mrs. Frank:
Margot Frank:
Anne Frank:
Mr. Van Daan:
Mrs. Van Daan:
Peter Van Dann:
Mr. Kraler:
Miep Gies:
Uncle Sam last week assumed the role
of fashion designer. Sweeping
restrictions aim to save 15 percent of
the yardage now used on women's and
girls' apparel through such measures as
restricting hems and belts to two
inches, eliminating cuffs on
sleeves. Exempt categories include
bridal gowns, maternity dresses,
vestments for religious orders. - Life
Magazine, April 20, 1942
By the end of 1942, half of U.S automobiles were
issued an 'A' sticker which allowed 4 gallons of fuel
per week. Remember-mileage per gallon was
much lower then!
Clothing Rationing for women and girls.
What would you buy with your 60 clothes
coupons to last you a year?
In the first few pages of the book are some
The selection to the left is
examples of wartime rations, which for an
from England.
adult for one week included:
2oz butter.
2oz cheese
1 egg
The picture on the right gives a weeks
ration of protein products for an adult.
One ration book from the
Act I, Scene II ended with Anne’s thoughts on being in
In Scene III, we jump ahead two months. This is because
the length of the diary makes it difficult to show the full
book on stage. Remember most diaries are records of
the everyday; not all that is in the diary would fit well on
stage although it does in the book.
This Scene will be our chance to get to know the
characters a bit better. Pay attention to their
interactions with one another.

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