Structure

195 entries

Anne Frank's diary consists of a total of 195 entries written between June 12, 1942, and August 1, 1944. The diary is almost always chronologically structured, but after some entries there are supplements, that Anne added at a later date.

Usually, there are only a few days between the individual diary entries. Very rarely, Anne writes several entries in one day, and occasionally she allows several weeks to pass between them: “I've deserted you for an entire month (…).” (9%).

Most diary entries are one to two pages long. The shortest entries, however, can sometimes consist of only a single sentence, the longest of several pages. In the longest entry Anne reports on a break-in at the office. She writes it after the police has searched the building.

Starting with June 20, 1942, Anne structures all diary entries according to a similar pattern. She almost always begins with a direct address to Kitty and usually ends with the closing formula “Yours, Anne” or “Yours, Anne M. Frank”. Occasionally Anne follows the original diary entry with a shorter P.S.. In almost all entries, Anne reports on the relationships in the secret annex or on her thoughts and feelings. Less frequently, she devotes entire diary entries to a political event.

Overall structure

The diary entries follow each other insofar as they can be used to trace Anne's personal development (cf. Themes/ Growing up). Otherwise, we can consider them as separate text sections that follow their own structure. Anne does not combine her various diary entries into larger sections. Based on inferences about family life and Anne's personal development, we can break the diary down into four larger sections:

Section 1: Anne's life before going into hiding

(12 June - 5 July 1942, pp. 3-21)

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