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The Greatest Optimistic hero in History; Anne Frank
Anne Frank once said: "I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery and death... I think... peace and tranquility will return again." This quote by Anne Frank thoroughly summarizes the reasons of her potential of being a true hero. Anne Frank was a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl who unfortunately had to live through the Holocaust- a time of hatred and great animosity towards her people. Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany on June 12th, 1929. Frank was an intelligent student who loved the presence of friends and the warmth and comfort of family. During the Holocaust, the Franks kindly gave resources to those in hiding, for the sake of them staying alive. Since the Nazis were getting closer and closer, Otto Frank, Frank's father, finally made the final decision that the Franks were going to go into hiding. O. Frank believed that they should not wait for the Nazi's to catch them, but rather escape from them before they even dare to come any closer. At once, the Franks go into hiding in a "secret annex" above O. Frank's new working business at the top floor, present in Amsterdam. Though she was a victim of the Holocaust-a time of horrifying hatred and ghastly deaths-through tremendous courage and great optimism, she became an inspiring hero due to her positive attitude and great consideration.
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Anne Frank is an inspiration due to her positive attitude through the most hated and frightening times in history. With the small chance that Frank and her family may survive and remain hidden from the Nazi's, Anne Frank never doubted their success of survival, as she was greatly determined that they will, in fact, make it. She promised both Kitty (her diary) and herself that shortly after the war is over she will strive to reach her golden dream of becoming a successful journalist. Frank always looks forward towards the future, although she does not blur when focusing on the present. As one of the first few to read Frank's diary, Eleanor Roosevelt found the diary of Anne Frank mildly rewarding. Roosevelt observes Frank as an extraordinary, outstanding, human being: "At the time, Anne's diary makes poignantly clear the ultimate shining nobility of the spirit. Despite the horror and the humiliation of their daily lives, these people never gave up. Anne herself-and, most of all, it is her portrait which emerges so vividly and so appealingly from this book-matured very rapidly in these two years, the crucial years from thirteen to fifteen in which change is so swift and so difficult for every young girl."(Roosevelt). From hiding in a secret annex from her greatest enemies and having limited accesses to certain resources, Frank kept a positive attitude throughout the whole ghastly experience, while also providing her family and acquaintances with joy and happiness. Frank spreads her positive attitude amongst the others by simply enlightening their souls with sprightly folk stories of her own writing and spoiling them with humor.
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Anne Frank, although feeling very fortunate and thankful that her family have the opportunity to go into hiding and avoid the Nazi's, expresses thoughts of both hope and worry towards her Jewish friends and cares for them deeply. Frank and her family are very fortunate people who sleep warm and cozy at night undisturbed and have the comfort of being safe with each other. However, Frank feels guilty that she is one of few to go into hiding as her closest peers may already be no longer alive. "I feel wicked sleeping in a warm bed, while my dearest friends have been knocked down or have fallen into a gutter somewhere in the cold night. I get frightened when I think of close friends who have now been delivered into the hands of the cruelest brutes that walk the earth. And all because they are Jews!" (Frank). Despite all the good that she has while in hiding, Anne Frank always thinks and wonders about her friends and what they may be going through. Frank is very thankful for the opportunity of going in to hiding-"How fortunate we are here, so well cared for and undisturbed-We wouldn't have to worry about all this misery were it not that we are so anxious about all those dear to us whom we can no longer help." (Frank) -however, hiding is not the big primary idea that gives her and the family worry or discomfort, yet it is the fact that they could no longer have access of communication to help those closest to them. Those who are closest to them are the ones that the family wishes they could still be helping ease into safety. Anne Frank is a considerate hero who cares deeply about others and their condition, while her own is not any more exceeding. Frank is someone who always looks out for those around her and hopes the best for them.
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Although the Nazi's were a big group symbolizing hatred and animosity towards others, more specifically the religion of the Jewish people (such as Frank), Anne Frank still believes that despite all of the violence and hatred directed towards her people, the inner part of those enemies in their hearts all have good in them. "Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart." (Frank). Frank believes that despite all that cruel human beings have done to her and all of the increases of deaths of her people occurring around her, even the most hating enemies have a burden covering the good warm hearted people within them. Anne Frank finds the good in all people and the beauty of all situations.
Anne Frank is a hero that kept an outstanding, positive attitude in the most hating and life threatening times in history. Frank is optimistic and greatly considerate of those around her and seeks out the good in all people. Anne Frank is an inspiration to me and many others and even in a time of risk and many deaths Frank kept an open mind and did not only think about the "what if", but rather about "what will be". Anne Frank is truly a hero who although did not live to see her writing come to life, inspired many people through it and has personally changed my views on life and its obstacles and has changed the minds of many, many other's as well.
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