The Diary of Anne Frank

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Hanneli Goslar Symbol Analysis

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Hanneli was Anne's first best friend, and it is perhaps for this reason that Anne is haunted by her image. As her time in the Annex drags on, Anne is tormented by dreams of Hanneli – she imagines that Hanneli is suffering greatly, or that she's died. To Anne, Hanneli, whose family was not able to hide in time as Anne's was, comes to symbolize the suffering of the Jews.

Hanneli Goslar Quotes in The Diary of Anne Frank

The The Diary of Anne Frank quotes below all refer to the symbol of Hanneli Goslar. 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:
Inner Self, Outer Self, and Isolation Theme Icon
). 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 1944 Quotes

I think spring is inside me. I feel spring awakening, I feel it in my entire body and soul. I have to force myself to act normally. I'm in a state of utter confusion, don't know what to read, what to write, what to do. I only know I'm longing for something…

Related Characters: Anne Frank (speaker)
Related Symbols: Hanneli Goslar
Page Number: 187
Explanation and Analysis:

One Saturday in February, Anne has a longing -- perhaps to go outside, or to at least feel it be spring outside in a few weeks. Perhaps she wishes more than usual for the war to be over. In two days, though, this amorphous longing will be partially appeased when her connection with Peter begins to enliven. This suggests that, maybe, Anne's unexplained longing here exists because she believes that Peter is interested in Margot, and she is feeling the longings of a typical adolescent girl who is thinking about a boy. This young romance inserts a fresh dimension into the narrative, which is surprising in a story often so overshadowed by death.

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Hanneli Goslar Symbol Timeline in The Diary of Anne Frank

The timeline below shows where the symbol Hanneli Goslar appears in The Diary of Anne Frank. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Year 1943
Human Nature: Generosity and Greed Theme Icon
World War II: Fear, Suffering, and Hope Theme Icon
November 27th. Just as she's falling asleep, Anne has a vision of her old schoolmate Hanneli. "I saw her there, dressed in rags, her face thin and worn." Hanneli looks at... (full context)
Inner Self, Outer Self, and Isolation Theme Icon
World War II: Fear, Suffering, and Hope Theme Icon
December 29th. Anne's visions continue. This time, she has visions of both her grandmother and Hanneli. "Grandma, oh my sweet Grandma. How little we understood what she suffered," she writes. Anne... (full context)
Year 1944
Inner Self, Outer Self, and Isolation Theme Icon
Love and Sexuality Theme Icon
World War II: Fear, Suffering, and Hope Theme Icon
...also recounts dreams she's had about her grandmother (who appeared as a guardian angel) and Hanneli. (full context)