The search for a true friend
Even before going into hiding, Anne Frank writes in her diary that she longs for a friendship in which she can reveal her true self. The thirteen-year-old decides to confide in her fictional friend Kitty by writing a diary in order to come to terms with her loneliness: “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.” (0%)
In the cramped environment of the secret annex, Anne finds no one with whom she can have a deep friendship. She longs for a kind of tenderness that seemingly none of the secret annex residents, not even her beloved father, can give her: “I’m no longer satisfied with the meaningless affection or the supposedly serious talks. I long for something from Father that he’s incapable of giving.” (41%).