The Diary of Anne Frank

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Otto Frank ("Pim") Character Analysis

Mrs. Frank's husband, father of Anne and Margot. Up until he goes into hiding, he is the founder and Managing Director of the Dutch Opekta Company, which manufactures products used to make jam. Anne describes her father as infinitely patient and kind. Given her fraught relationship with her mother, Anne often turns to her father as her one source of parental guidance and comfort.

Otto Frank ("Pim") Quotes in The Diary of Anne Frank

The The Diary of Anne Frank quotes below are all either spoken by Otto Frank ("Pim") or refer to Otto Frank ("Pim"). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Doubleday edition of The Diary of Anne Frank published in 1995.
Year 1942 Quotes

I don't fit in with them, and I've felt that clearly in the last few weeks. They're so sentimental together, but I'd rather be sentimental on my own. They're always saying how nice it is with the four of us, and that we get along so well, without giving a moment's thought to the fact that I don't feel that way.

Related Characters: Anne Frank (speaker), Kitty, Otto Frank ("Pim"), Edith Frank
Page Number: 29
Explanation and Analysis:

On a Sunday in mid-July, Anne reflects on the petty difficulties which distance herself from other members of her family. She feels that her mother treats her differently than her sister Margot; her mother is more likely to fight or disagree with Anne when Anne does simple actions like rewriting words on her mother's shopping list. (Of course, we don't see any of the other family members' perspectives, and it may be that the parents saying "how nice" it is for them to all be together is an attempt to put a brave face on a deadly situation.)

In the cramped space of the annex, Anne feels more isolated than ever; here, all of the aspects which emotionally separate her from her family members are magnified and exaggerated. Anne is more together with her family than she has ever been before, yet this leads to her feeling more alone. At the same time, she is obviously going through her teenage years while in these extraordinary circumstances, and so feels a teenager's typical angst that her family doesn't understand her -- all while she's trapped with them in a small space. As the narrative continues, we will also see how such physical closeness leads to more emotional distance and confrontation.

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I think it's odd that grown-ups quarrel so easily and so often and about such petty matters. Up till now I always thought bickering was just something children did and that they outgrew it.

Related Characters: Anne Frank (speaker), Otto Frank ("Pim"), Edith Frank, Hermaan van Daan, Petronella van Daan
Page Number: 44
Explanation and Analysis:

Much of Anne's descriptions of daily life in the Secret Annexe in late September are riddled with fights between various inhabitants of this confined space. For example, on September 27, Anne mentions quarrels between her and her mother, her and her sister Margot, and her and Mrs. Van Daans. The following day, Anne begins by claiming she has another quarrel to describe, but then inserts a lengthy reflection about the unspoken similarities between adults and children and the overwhelmingly "petty" nature of so many disagreements. This meditation exemplifies Anne's uncanny maturity; she is barely an adolescent, but she accurately finds flaws in the interactions among adults. Her diary addresses universal yet petty human conflicts, as well as the Holocaust, one of recent history's greatest tragedies.

Year 1944 Quotes

I'm becoming more and more independent of my parents. Young as I am, I face life with more courage and have a better and truer sense of justice than Mother. I know what I want, I have a goal, I have opinions, a religion and love. If only I can be myself, I'll be satisfied. I know that I'm a woman with inner strength and a great deal of courage!

Related Characters: Anne Frank (speaker), Otto Frank ("Pim"), Edith Frank
Page Number: 263
Explanation and Analysis:

Although Anne's diary is subtitled "the Diary of a Young Girl" in its published form, here Anne defines herself as a woman. Anne certainly had grown in the narrative up to this point, and produced some of her maturest and most famous reflections about life in general, but here she unconsciously reveals her continuing bit of immaturity as she faults her mother (yet again) in comparison with herself. Of course, this is a more indirect way of criticizing (by calling herself superior), but it continues the conflict between mother and daughter which has pervaded the narrative so far.

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Otto Frank ("Pim") Character Timeline in The Diary of Anne Frank

The timeline below shows where the character Otto Frank ("Pim") appears in The Diary of Anne Frank. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Year 1942
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...Anne wishes to become a better student. Anne takes a walk with her father, and Mr. Frank tells Anne that the family will probably have to go into hiding. (full context)
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...get a message. Her sister Margot receives the message, and at first tells Anne that Mr. Frank has received a "call-up." Margot later reveals that the "call-up" was, in fact, for herself.... (full context)
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With the help of Miep Gies (a secretary at Mr. Frank 's workplace), Miep's husband Jan, Mr. Kleiman (an employee of Mr. Frank's), and Mr. van... (full context)
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...to arouse suspicion by carrying suitcases). Anne's parents reveal that the family will hide in Mr. Frank 's office building, given that the few people who worked there were all sympathetic to... (full context)
...boxes full of the Franks' belongings. Mrs. Frank and Margot are overcome with exhaustion, but Mr. Frank and Anne set to work tidying up the Annex. They continue cleaning and unpacking for... (full context)
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...of the Annex devise a clever plan to send a message to a friend of Mr. Frank , in order to let him know that the Franks are still alive. (full context)
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...Anne's behavior – at dinner, Mrs. van Daan scolds Anne for not taking enough vegetables. Mr. Frank calmly replies that Mrs. van Daan is guilty of the same behavior. (full context)
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...Opekta's employees) in the kitchen. Anne begins to notice that Mrs. van Daan flirts with Mr. Frank . Anne has taken to teasing Margot about being "a paragon of virtue," which annoys... (full context)
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..."receive visitors." Anne fantasizes that her living quarters will have all new furniture, and that Mr. Frank will give her 150 guilders. Anne fantasizes about all the things she would buy with... (full context)
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...to exchange presents: Anne receives a Kewpie doll, and Mr. van Daan, Mr. Dussel, and Mr. Frank all receive handmade gifts from Mr. Voskuijl (Bep's father and the manager of the Opekta... (full context)
Year 1943
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February 27th. The Annex dwellers strive to keep their hopes up regarding the war – Mr. Frank is hopeful for an imminent Allied invasion of German territories. Meanwhile, Mr. Kugler and Mr.... (full context)
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...Anne's bedroom and asks if Anne wants to say her prayers with her instead of Mr. Frank . Anne declines, and Mrs. Frank bursts into tears. "I don't want to be angry... (full context)
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...bemoans the fact that the Annex dwellers' "manners" have declined as the war drags on. Mr. Frank wears frayed trousers and the linens go unwashed due to detergent rationing. Anne wonders how... (full context)
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June 13th. Anne celebrates her 14th birthday. Mr. Frank composes a special poem for her, which Margot translates into Dutch. Anne receives candy and... (full context)
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...up a fuss, calling Anne "shamefully self-centered," but eventually gives in after a discussion with Mr. Frank . (full context)
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...stress causes her to have a small meltdown. The adults are quarreling with each other. Mr. Frank is upset with the van Daans – he's under the impression that they're hoarding food. (full context)
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November 3rd. In an effort to help take their mind off things, Mr. Frank orders a catalog from a correspondence school and encourages the Annex dwellers to take lessons.... (full context)
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...told her a year prior, about a girl he was once in love with. "Poor Pim," she writes, "he can't fool me into thinking he's forgotten that girl. He never will." (full context)
Year 1944
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...has changed her. Anne realizes that she no longer feels jealous of Margot's relationship with Mr. Frank . She assesses her behavior toward her parents, and wonders if she'll ever be the... (full context)
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...(though, secretly, Anne has already told Margot). Anne suggests that Peter should go talk to Mr. Frank about his parents – she feels he might be able to help Peter with his... (full context)
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...hating his wife, Mrs. Frank finds solace in knowing that others are suffering far worse, Mr. Frank remains optimistic, and Mr. Dussel simply looks out for himself. (full context)
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...is jealous). Meanwhile, Peter has invited both Margot and Anne up to the attic, and Mr. Frank says that Anne shouldn't worry about whether Mrs. van Daan is jealous. Anne wishes the... (full context)
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April 11th. Peter alerts Mr. Frank to a break-in at the warehouse. Anne and the other denizens of the Annex are... (full context)
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May 2nd. Anne resolves to tell her father about her relationship with Peter. Mr. Frank is at first accepting, but upon further thought he cautions Anne against the relationship, citing... (full context)
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May 5th. Mr. Frank is upset that Anne and Peter continue to engage in "Knutscherej" (necking). Anne writes him... (full context)
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May 7th. Mr. Frank is deeply hurt by Anne's letter, and the two have a tearful heart-to-heart. Anne realizes... (full context)
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May 22nd. Mr. Frank loses a bet against Mrs. van Daan regarding the Allied invasion – he had speculated... (full context)
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...arrest of Mr. van Hoeven. Anne is grateful for their Christian allies. Miep has assured Mr. Frank that they haven't been "infected with the current anti-Semitism." (full context)
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...view herself objectively and assess her strengths and weaknesses. In response to a chapter called "Father and Mother Don't Understand Me," Anne explores her own feelings of isolation, particularly her alienation... (full context)
Afterword
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Mr. Frank survives life in Auschwitz, and returns to Amsterdam in 1945. Miep gives him Anne's diaries,... (full context)