Anne Frank: Act 2, Scene 3

At the very beginning of act 2.3, it starts out with the narrarator speaking. He informs the audience that everyone is in bed sleeping, and then a match is lit up in the Van Daans room and the put out. Mr.Van Daan creeps out of his room and sneakily opens the safe and takes out a half loaf of bread. Msr.Frank sees him and starts yelling to Mr.Frank, Mr.Dussel is awakened as is Mrs.Van Daan and Peter. All of them with an exception of Mrs.Van Daan who is protective of her husband are extremely angry, and Mrs.Frank even tells them she wants them to leave.

I think that this was a very selfish act, and it would have been very consequential for the other members living at the house. They are all in it together, they all have had to change their lives and make tremendous adjustments, and then Mr.Van Daan selfishly steals the bread that was supposed to be food for everyone else. He didn’t even need it the most, Anne, Peter and Margot are kids and they need the food the most.

So I think that if I were in Mrs.Franks position I probably would have forced them to leave the house aswell, because once someone whom you are meant to be trusting of does something like that you don’t know if you can reply on him for anything else, and you can tell that if he were to steal bread from children who need it the most, he musn’t be a very good person.

Going into Hiding

When the two families; The Franks and the Van Daan’s, the amount of items they brought were very limited, they brought the necessary clothing, Peter brought his cat, some school books and then a few bits and bobs. It is so hard to imagine leaving everything I own behind, and have to make choices as to what means the most to me. It would also be hard to choose between things that are practical and things that have a special meaning or significance to me. I guess, the first things we would take as a family would be clothes, and some canned foods of our own, and for myself I would take books, pictures, our dogs, a game of cards (to keep myself busy between 8am to 6pm) and my ipod.

It would be awful to have to think of never seeing your friends again, or being outside, going to the cinema, or even going to school. And having to stay quiet for 10 hours a day is unbelievable, but I guess that when you are in their situation and not only your life but the lives of your siblings, and parents are in danger you will do all you can to prevent anything from happening, even if that means bordering yourself within tight walls for months on end, with limited access to food and fresh air.

If I had been in their situation but had managed to live through the war the first thing I would do after months of hiding would be to run. Feeling so locked down all the time would be awful and having the oportunity to run and feel free again would be really liberating and would feel so great. And not having to worry anymore about being caught,captured or discriminated would be the most overwhelming feeling in the world.


The Diary of Anne Frank: The additional guest

Mr.Kraler enters the annex in scene act 1 scene 3 to ask for Mr.Franks permission to allow one more guest to hide with them in the annex. The guest is name Mr.Dussel and he is a jewish dentist seeking a place to stay, without hesitation Mr.Frank agrees to let him hide with them.

In my opinion I think that this was the right thing to do because Mr.Frank is a kind man, and he was risking a lack of food and space for himself and his family and friends to save this mans life, and the jewish people had really ought to stick together and help one another out because they are all each other has. Also, because I think that if the situation was reversed Mr.Frank would like the same hospitality.

However, I do not think that this was the very logical thing to do. Considering the fact that there was already not enough food to keep everyone satisfied and the space they had was very limited. Now with that one more guest, would decrease the shared amount of food and space each individual was allowed. Also having more people up in the annex increases the chance of maybe getting caught, and the more noise there will be. Also, they didn’t even know the man, they didn’t know whether they could trust him to share everything equally and also to not make sound during the day when the workers are there.

But I guess even though things could have gone terribly wrong, it was a really good thing to do, and it shows how caring and generous the Frank family really was.

Anne Frank: My first impressions

I had never read Anne Franks diary before, so I was eager to begin reading it. I thought the book we were reading would be nearly an exact translation in english of Anne Franks dairy entires, but instead it wasn’t. It wasn’t even set out like a normal narrative story, it was like a script for a play, and used the information Anne wrote in her diary to create a play/story out of it. At first I didn’t like it since I had never really read any books where it was set out like a scipt but as I read on and got used to it, I enjoyed it alot more because it was actually easier to read.

I quite liked the book, a lot more than I expected because I asked a few people who had read different versions of Anne Frank’s diary and they said it was boring up until the end. But, surprisingly I liked the middle bits a lot as well because we already know the general facts about what happened to the Jews during WW2, but it was different to read about someones life in hiding, how they felt, how they dealt and where you don’t hear a lot about the facts, more about how they lived and things they went through in order to survive and not get caught.

Poetry – My opinion

I prefer to read poetry rather than to have to compose a piece myself because I am not so strong in that area, and when I read poetry sometimes there are some hidden meanings as to what the poet is really trying to say or describe.

I think poetry shouldn’t be forced onto to students. It is supposed to be something relaxing and enjoyable, but when we are forced by teachers to read lots of poetry it takes away all the good things about it because it starts to be so school related and not fun at all. So aslong as the poetry unit is not stressed, I think it will be good.


The Finale

  • If you were commissioned to design and direct a production of Twelfth Night, where would you set it? What would your Illyria look like? What would be your take on each character? What costumes, music, and special effects would you want?

I think the production would be sitting on the fence between completely real, and completely imaginary. I think that Ilyria would be gorgeous with white sanded beaches bordering a mountainous island, that both Orsinos and Olivias castles would be on the top of, and below them on the grassy, steep mountain is the rest of the village/town. So it kind of shows a heirarchy, by which can be rated depending on where you live.

Each character would have something odd, or special about him, even if it isn’t some as major as a healdess person it would be something can suits the character but also makes you say, remember them by that trait. So for instance feste might have extrememly large feet like a clown, so when he jumps around in his playful character it really brings it out, while someone like Orsino will have a very large head, because he thinks so much of himself, and Sir Toby’s tummy would be beyond a beer belly, and Malvolio would be really tall with a massive nose in which he can look down on everyone, with and sort of snooty approach because he thinks he is above people like Mand Sir Andrew.

Their costumes wouldn’t all be colourful, but for someone like Feste,it would be so like red,yellow,orange,green,white all sorts of random colours whereas Orisno would like to keep his self respect would wear a rich,navy blue to sort of match his personality in which says “I am handsomer and richer than you all.” Maria would wear a very light shade of red because she is kind of a mellow character but she still has some things up her sleeve, and then Viola and Sebastien would both wear the same colours (though with different outfits so you can tell them appart.) and would be yellow because it is a neutral colour, and then Olivia would wear gold because of her social and economic status.

I would have music according to what is happening in the scene,  like the funny sword fight scene would have a small tune playing in the background that makes the sword fight funnier, and when maria is explaining of her plan about Malvolio it will be dark,conspicous music, which will suddenly change when mavolio comes out, to a romantic and somehow funny tune.

  • How would you get each character off the stage in 5.1? Think about where they are going and how they feel. Do they stop and shake hands with other characters? Do they slink off or run off? This will be the last time the audience sees them. What impressions do you want to leave?

I think that the snooty uptight person Malvolio is he will rush off in the huff, and the rest of the cast will still be on stage, then Sir Toby claps Orsinos shoulder in a friendly way, and they are all all laughing and in the back there will be the house where you can see into the windows, and so they will all walk back all reunited and as friends into the house and will be visible through the windows, and feste will be talking to the audience as all the other characters drink and talk inside, and as he reaches his last line, they will all push open their windows and lean out as a big group, laughing and smiling, with their glasses held high, and after Feste finishes his speech he will raise his glass to the audience, and then the curtain will drop.

You know you went to an international school when…

You can’t answer the question: “Where are you from?”

You speak two (or more) languages but can’t spell in any of them.

You flew before you could walk.

You have a passport, but no driver’s license.

You run into someone you know at every airport

You have a time zone map next to your telephone.

Your life story uses the phrase “Then we went to…” five times (or six, or seven times…).

You speak with authority on the quality of airline travel.

National Geographic (OR THE TRAVEL CHANNEL) makes you homesick.

You read the international section before the comics.

You don’t know where home is.

You sort your friends by continent.

You realize it really is a small world, after all.

You feel that multiple passports would be appropriate.

You watch a movie set in a ‘foreign country’, and you know what the nationals are really saying into the camera.

Rain on a tile patio – or a corrugated metal roof – is one of the most wonderful sounds in the world.

You haggle with the checkout clerk for a lower price.

Your wardrobe can only handle two seasons: wet and dry.

You automatically take off your shoes as soon as you get home.

Your house looks a little like a museum with all the “exotic” things you have around.

Half of your phone calls are unintelligible to those around you.

You go to Pizza Hut or Wendy’s and you wonder why there’s no chili sauce.

You know the geography of the rest of the world, but you don’t know the geography of your own country.

You have best friends in 5 different countries.

It takes 24 hours to reach home in a plane

You can only call your parents at 8am and 8pm

You never really use a seatbelt

Your high school football team had to play against itself.. if it had one

You got sick a lot and often had food poisoning

It wasn’t unusual to find a lizard or cockroach in your house

You got to go home twice a year …thats if you’re lucky

You are a pro packer, or at least have done it many times

Living out of a suitcase, you find, has it pros

You bump into your old teachers all the time

Family photos you sent every year took months to arrive and often were in front of some exotic statue or endangered animal no one has heard of

When you return to the your home country, you are overwhelmed with the number of choices in a grocery store ( I stood by the chocolate syrup for about 20 min. because there was a whole row)

You literally have real friends (not facebook friends) from different schools all over the nation on your friends list

Everyone had a ‘staff’; maid, house cleaner, driver and babysitter

Most of the 1st graders have cell phones

You get excited when a relative sends a video tape of regular TV with commercials.. its in ENGLISH!

There was only one grocery store.. usually at the embassy that resembled the ones at home.

Once you get home you miss your adopted home and visa versa

You are never content in one place, be it city, state or country for long. You’re a mover.

You never had a part time job until you reached college

Blackouts are quite common, yet after a while no one seemed to notice and sometimes you would find yourself doing homework to the light of your phone or flashlight

Class reunions.. are not at your old school.. not even close

Your passport has more stamps than a post office

When the power cuts out and you sit there wondering when the generator is going to kick on… only then you realize there is no generator

When you carry converters because you actually realize there are different types of outlets

When people give you funny looks because you are a gold or platinum elite member of your airlines

When you constantly feel like you have to catch up with TV programs, actors and other people or songs you are not familiar with

You don’t think its strange that you haven’t talked to your best friend in a couple years, but you know you will always have a unique bond

You wake up in one country thinking you are in another

When a friend talks about their dreams of traveling to across the world to a secluded country and you can give them all the best restaurants and places to visit. You’re like the traveler guidebook.

You don’t even bother to change your watch when traveling

You hate subtitles because you know there is someone that can make an accurate translation.. you!

When you have little or no contact with the locals but are best friends with people across the globe

When you think everyone else is a foreigner in a county foreign to you

When your friends take you to an ‘ethnic’ restaurant as a joke and you can read the menu, order food for them and actually stomach the meal

When you start introducing yourself followed by your country of origin….

Your yearbooks are all different; made of fabrics known to that area and have stuff like elephants on them. Its your favorite keepsake.

Famous people like Uma Thurman went to your school and you had no idea until you researched (AES)

You have to change your passport because it’s full… not because it’s expired… and this several times during your school years

Paying a cop is not considered a bribe

You start to keep your experiences overseas to yourself because people look at you as though you are spoiled for having the opportunity to indulge in a new culture.. sad

You are afraid to go back to visit your school because you know no one will be there that you used to know, they all moved

Did you know…

Ants never sleep.

No word in the the English dictionary rhymes with “MONTH”.

The human brain is 80% water.

Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum.

The parachute was invented by DiVinci in 1515.

Your right lung takes in more air than your left one does.

There are 86,400 seconds in day.

A goldfish has a memory span of about 3 seconds.

Singapore has only one train station.

Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

The earth is approx. 6,588,000,000,000,000,000 tons.

Did You Know, Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.

Did You Know, The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

Did You Know, 40 percent of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

Did You Know, TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

Did You Know, Butterflies taste with their feet.

Did You Know, Coca-Cola was originally green.

Did You know, If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

Did You Know, Every day more money is printed for
Monopoly than the US Treasury.

Did You Know, It is impossible to lick your elbow.

Did You Know, Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

Barbie’s measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.

The tune for the “A-B-C” song is the same as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.

The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.

On Sesame Street, Bert’s goldfish were named Lyle and Talbot, presumably after the actor Lyle Talbot.

Louis IV of France had a stomach the size of two regular stomachs.

Pepsi originally contained pepsin, thus the name.

Babies are born without knee caps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.

Danemarks Smukkeste Festival

Translated into english this means Denmarks most beautiful festival. It occurs once a year for 4 days during the summer in August.

I have gone to since I was only little, and it is my favourite festival. It is held in a MASSIVE forest, and has around 3 stages set in different areas where performers come and sing, and there are hundreds of stalls, little food cafes set up, everything.

What I love about it is that it is so open, all you do is buy your ticket for how many days you want to go, then once you’re through the gates with your special arm band on you can access anything. So for instance, the main stage is surrounded by little bars and stalls so even if your not in the crowd watching the performance directly infront of it, you can be sitting at one of the bars and still be watching the show.

The stalls are set up in one main area, and they sell everything from clothes, to jewlery to CD’s to food.

Another thing I love about  this festival is that they have a system that mainly only the kids follow to earn money, where you go around collecting used glass bottles like beer,coke, etc. And you return them to this one stall and they give you money in exchange.

But to be able to really enjoy it, you have to wish for good weather, because if it rains, it can get really messy.

Twelfth Night Romance Opinions

  • Do you think there’s a difference in the way men love and the way women love? Explain.
  • I don’t really think that there is a MAJOR difference, but I think that when a woman loves somebody she is more discrete about it, and likes to keep it in, and not make too much of a fuss, especially if the person they love is not mutual with the feeling. But for men, they seem to be really out there and very up front about it, and not really to fussed on whether anyone hears, and I think they feel like they need to prove it and show it to a large extent. But maybe this just depends on the person, but generally i think it is equal, apart from the relationship girls have with their friends. With girls they are quite emotional and have lots of feelings and so girls connect better in that sense because they have that in common, but guys tend to stay away from hugging and getting to emotional with their ‘buddies’ because they want to stick to having a manly and tough reputation.

  • Do either Viola or Orsino express views similar to your own? Or do you have a position on this question different from both of these characters? 
  • I think Orsino expresses himself similar to what I said about guys being very upfront about it and needing to prove their feelings. Orsino is constantly talking about how much he loves Olivia and sending people over to her house to explain this, whilst Viola is very secretive about it. Maybe that’s because she wants to keep her identity hidden because if she doesn’t and reveals herself and her feelings, he might reject her and so she will be risking to much, which is another thing different about men and woman loving. Woman tend to be very careful when they love someone, always thinking about what the consequences might be and so on and so forth.

  • Find a line in this scene that you like or that strikes you in some way and comment on it.
  • “Say that some lady as perhaps there is,

    Hath for your love a great a pang of heart

    As you hath for Olivia. ” (2.4.85-87)

    I liked these lines alot, because like I said before woman are alot more careful when it comes to love, they like to maybe dip their toe into the waters before they dive in, and that is sort of what she is doing here. She says she’s talking about any woman but really she is talking about herself but in quite a conspicuous way without him realising, and is aswell finding out the answer to her question.